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The French Navy and the Seven Years' War
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The Seven Years’ War was the world’s first global conflict, spanning five continents and the critical sea lanes that connected them. This book is the fullest account ever written of the French navy’s role in the hostilities. It is also the most complete survey of both phases of the war: the French and Indian War in North America (1754–60) and the Seven Years’ War in Europe (1756–63), which are almost always treated independently. By considering both phases of the war from every angle, award-winning historian Jonathan R. Dull shows not only that the two conflicts are so interconnected that neither can be fully understood in isolation but also that traditional interpretations of the war are largely inaccurate. His work also reveals how the French navy, supposedly utterly crushed, could have figured so prominently in the War of American Independence only fifteen years later.
 
A comprehensive work integrating diplomatic, naval, military, and political history, The French Navy and the Seven Years’ War thoroughly explores the French perspective on the Seven Years’ War. It also studies British diplomacy and war strategy as well as the roles played by the American colonies, Spain, Austria, Prussia, Russia, Sweden, and Portugal. As this history unfolds, it becomes clear that French policy was more consistent, logical, and successful than has previously been acknowledged, and that King Louis XV’s conduct of the war profoundly affected the outcome of America’s subsequent Revolutionary War.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-ix
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  1. Maps
  2. p. ix
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xi-xiii
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  1. 1748-1754 An Uneasy Peace
  2. pp. 1-19
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  1. 1755 Countering the British Assault
  2. pp. 20-49
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  1. 1756 France Takes the Offensive
  2. pp. 50-74
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  1. 1757 To the Edge of Victory
  2. pp. 75-104
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  1. 1758 A Year of Desperation
  2. pp. 105-130
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  1. 1759 The Annus Horribilis
  2. pp. 131-163
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  1. 1760 Adversity and Revival
  2. pp. 164-186
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  1. 1761 Saving the Navy’s Future
  2. pp. 187-217
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  1. 1762 Military Failures, Diplomatic Success
  2. pp. 218-244
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  1. Appendix A: French Ships of the Line, 1 January 1744
  2. p. 257
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  1. Appendix B: French Ships of the Line, 1 January 1749
  2. p. 258
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  1. Appendix C: French Ships of the Line and Frigates, 1 January 1755
  2. pp. 259-260
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  1. Appendix D: Order of Battle, 1 June 1755
  2. pp. 261-262
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  1. Appendix E: Order of Battle, 1 June 1756
  2. pp. 263-265
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  1. Appendix F: Order of Battle, 1 June 1757
  2. pp. 266-268
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  1. Appendix G: Order of Battle, 1 June 1758
  2. pp. 269-271
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  1. Appendix H: Order of Battle, 1 June 1759
  2. pp. 272-274
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  1. Appendix I: Order of Battle, 1 June 1760
  2. pp. 275-277
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  1. Appendix J: Order of Battle, 1 June 1761
  2. pp. 278-280
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  1. Appendix K: Order of Battle, 1 June 1762
  2. pp. 281-284
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  1. Appendix L: French Ships of the Line and Frigates, 1 January 1763
  2. pp. 285-286
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 287-382
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 383-424
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 425-445
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