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British Foreign Policy in the Age of the American Revolution$
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H. M. Scott

Print publication date: 1990

Print ISBN-13: 9780198201953

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198201953.001.0001

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The Study of British Foreign Policy in the Age of the American Revolution

The Study of British Foreign Policy in the Age of the American Revolution

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(p.1) 1 The Study of British Foreign Policy in the Age of the American Revolution
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British Foreign Policy in the Age of the American Revolution
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H. M. Scott

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198201953.003.0001

The study of the British foreign policy that emerged during the American Revolution has, until recently, not been given much attention and may have even been neglected. Sir Richard Lodge, one of the British scholars who initiated the study of British diplomacy in the eighteenth century, explained how the two decades after 1763 did not entail any progress in studying the foreign relations of Britain because doubts arose about whether London was indeed able to conduct diplomacy. Although this neglect seemed to spring from the attitude of various contemporaries, British foreign policy no longer appeared as terra incognita. In this study, Britain is perceived as one of the continental states-system's important aspects. This study does not just adopt a British viewpoint, but also international and European points of view for examining foreign policy. It furthermore looks into the significant role of naval matters in Anglo-Bourbon relations.

Keywords:   foreign policy, Britain, diplomacy, foreign relations, navy, Anglo-Bourbon relations

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