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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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War with the Bourbons, 1777–1779

War with the Bourbons, 1777–1779

(p.253) 10 War with the Bourbons, 1777–1779
British Foreign Policy in the Age of the American Revolution

H. M. Scott

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By the summer of 1777, war became unavoidable in Europe and this served as a major turning point for Anglo-French relations. As military and naval preparations began to emerge, government and formal diplomacy were no longer able to exude surface politeness. Decisions made by the French council involved how the ‘limited intervention’ strategy entailed being caught up in war. As such, the French were faced with two options: remaining at peace through abandoning the Americans; or to intervene and engage openly in battle with the British. As the preparations of France accelerated, the British policy pondered more about when the French attack would commence. By July 1777, Britain adopted an aggressive diplomacy in foreign policy to address such threats to the then breaking-down Anglo-French relations.

Keywords:   Anglo-French relations, limited intervention, French council, Americans, British policy, aggressive diplomacy

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