- 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: 6.1 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,118,280 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Rise of the European Powers, 1679-1793 (Hodder Arnold Publication)
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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.