British Diplomatic Instructions

British Diplomatic Instructions

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Excerpt from British Diplomatic Instructions: 1689-1789; France, 1689-1721 In the eighteenth century, as the elder Horace Walpole was fond of remarking, Paris was the qcentre of all the business of Europe, q and this, coupled with its proximity to London, which was not more than five days' journey distant, involved the home government in more active correspondence with its representatives in Paris than with those in any other capital. Even allowing for the fact that of the thirty-nine years that elapsed between 1688 and 1727 no less than eighteen were years of war, the mass of material available was so great for the adequate representation of British relations with France during those years that it soon became apparent that it would be impossible to cover the whole ground in a single volume. One obvious breaking place suggested itself. The deaths of Stanhope and Craggs, following closely on the retirement of Stair from Paris, bring a new section of Whigs to the front in England, and this occasion has therefore been chosen for the division between the first and the second volume. The multiplicity of the points of diplomatic contact between Great Britain and France, European, dynastic, military and naval, economic, colonial, raised further problems with regard to the choice of material for inclusion in the volume. If economic and colonial questions were to be fully represented, the volume would soon be overweighted. It has therefore been decided that no attempt should be made to illustrate the progress of negotiations over colonial questions, but that the British case, as represented by the instructions given to the commissioners for settling colonial questions, should be printed in full in an appendix. Dunkirk was a thornier problem, for, unlike the colonies, it was a question in which the ministry was vitally interested, and it affected week by week the degree of the friendliness in the relations between Britain and France. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work.

Title:British Diplomatic Instructions
Author: L. G. Wickham Legg
Publisher: - 2015-07-14

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