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The Rise of the European Powers, 1679-1793 (Hodder Arnold Publication) Paperback – February 15, 1990


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  • Series: Hodder Arnold Publication
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Education Publishers (February 15, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0713165375
  • ISBN-13: 978-0713165371
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 6 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,742,281 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An interesting and intelligent book based on wide knowledge."--The Times Higher Education Supplement


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Jeremy Black, Lecturer in History, University of Durham.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "guiscard" on August 29, 2002
Format: Paperback
Black's book recounts the diplomatic history of Europe from 1679 to 1798. He begins this informative book by describing how the Ottoman Empire declined, as the Hapsburg Empire grew stronger. Then he recounts the imperial career of Louis 14 of France and his many wars. Black describes Russia s relations with her neighbors Sweden, Austria, Poland Turkey and Persia in the early eighteenth century.
Black describes how the rising powers of Europe fought wars like the Spanish Succession over party factions, prestige and succession struggles. Black follows the creation and recreation of alliances, but fails to make never-ending dance of re-alignments clear or understandable.
Black concludes with an incisive analysis of diplomacy of the period. He explains how dynastic, especially succession claims were important for the aggrandizement of states. Personal prestige was more important than plans or reasons of state. Natural interests and the balance of power were considered important, but few could identify them. Distrust and disagreements fueled conflict.
Black describes the use of ambassadors and the part that nationalism, religion, and trade played in international relations. He also describes the problems of diplomats, such as bad communications, and interminable factional politics. But Black also mentions the improvements in the definitions of frontiers and accuracy of maps.
Jeremy Black's book is informative but not very readable. Black refers to the rulers of countries only by their first name, making it confusing. There are maps, but they are all at the beginning of the book. There is a bibliography, but it is not annotated. Black has definitely mastered the subject, but is not very clear at writing it.
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