French Policy and the American Alliance of 1778

French Policy and the American Alliance of 1778

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French Policy and the American Alliance of 1778

French Policy and the American Alliance of 1778

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The materials for the following study were assembled more than ten years ago as a part of work done for the doctorate, at the Universities of Michigan and Pennsylvania. About two years ago I had prepared for publication the portion of the present volume comprising, essentially, chapters I, V, and VIII-XV, when Mr. P. C. Phillips' The West in the Diplomacy of the American Revolution appeared, covering much of the ground of several of these chapters. I then decided to enlarge the scope of the volume to that of a general history of the one entangling alliance to which the United States has been party.

I have been particularly interested in these pages in emphasizing the idea that France's intervention in the American Revolution was motivated primarily by her desire to recover her lost preëminence on the Continent of Europe. Writers have sometimes made verbal recognition of this fact, but in the case of American writers at least, they have generally failed to appreciate its really controlling importance for the subject, and in the end have usually contrived--thanks . . .

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