‘France and the British State and Empire, 1680-1940’
Fri, May 3, 2013 • 2:45 PM - 4:30 PM • Tom Lea Rooms, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center 3.206
Daniel Baugh CORNELL UNIVERSITY
For more than two centuries the English people could not escape the reality that France was a dangerous adversary. Twice Louis XIV fought long wars in hopes of overturning the Revolution of 1688. England responded by achieving naval superiority, uniting with Scotland, developing an impressive financial system, and expanding commerce and colonies. France’s situation and conduct continued to shape British overseas expansion and peace settlements—even in the twentieth century when France became a necessary but worrisome ally.
Daniel Baugh, Professor of Modern British History, Cornell University, received his BA from the University of Pennsylvania and his Ph.D. from Cambridge University. His major books include BritishNaval Administration in the Age of Walpole (1965) and The Global Seven Years War, 1754-1763: Britain and France in a Great Power Contest (2011).