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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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Peace with the Bourbons, 1775–1777

Peace with the Bourbons, 1775–1777

(p.207) 9 Peace with the Bourbons, 1775–1777
British Foreign Policy in the Age of the American Revolution

H. M. Scott

Oxford University Press

At some point, the situation of Britain worsened because of the upsurge of the American rebellion that led to attention being again drawn away from issues of foreign policy. It is noteworthy, however, that the war did not operate within any of the European States, as it occurred mostly in America until 1778. The traditional strategy of Britain was made impossible because such involved securing allies in areas across their own continent. Ministers therefore had to focus more on the Bourbon powers, specifically that of France, and how British diplomacy had to deal with relations with these states. While it was necessary for Europe to make peace with those in rebellion, this entailed making peace also with France. Such was made difficult since French forces seemed to seek revenge after their defeat during the Seven Years War.

Keywords:   American rebellion, France, Bourbon powers, peace, Seven Years

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