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Lecture

Topic 4 - 18th Century Balance of Power


Department
History
Course Code
HIS103Y1
Professor
Vasilis Dimitriadis

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Topic Four
18th Century Balance of Power
z Anglo-French Entente
-- Regent Orleans, Dubois, George I, Stanhope; Bernstroff (Hanover)
-- England & Hanover:
-- Undercut Jacobites;
-- Exert pressure on Russia, whose aggression alarmed George as the Elector of Hanover;
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-- France was weak as needed support;
-- Legacy:
-- Maintain the balance of power and peace in Europe for 15 years;
-- prevent Austro-Spanish conflict into a European war;
z The Quadruple Alliance (1717-1720)
-- The Triple Alliance (B, F, D);
-- Austria joined, and gave up claims in Spain; the settlement was forced on Spain;
-- Ended with the Treaty of Vienna;
z The war of Polish Succession
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