The Seven Years War in Europe: 1756-1763

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Routledge, Nov 5, 2013 - History - 536 pages
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In this pioneering new work, based on a thorough re-reading of primary sources and new research in the Austrian State Archives, Franz Szabo presents a fascinating reassessment of the continental war.

Professor Szabo challenges the well-established myth that the Seven Years War was won through the military skill and tenacity of the King of Prussia, often styled Frederick “the Great”. Instead he argues that Prussia did not win, but merely survived the Seven Years War and did so despite and not because of the actions and decisions of its king.

With balanced attention to all the major participants and to all conflict zones on the European continent, the book describes the strategies and tactics of the military leaders on all sides, analyzes the major battles of the war and illuminates the diplomatic, political and financial aspects of the conflict. 

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 Fredericks failed gamble August 1756October 1757
36
2 The resurgence of Prussia September 1757June 1758
89
3 The balance restored June 1758November 1758
148
4 The predator cornered December 1758December 1759
203
5 The elusive peace July 1759May 1761
256
6 The defeat of Prussia February 1761January 1762
328
7 Unexpected dénouement January 1762February 1763
374
Conclusion
424
Chronology of major events
435
Further reading in English
443
Bibliography
449
Index
487
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Franz A.J. Szabo is Professor of History and Director of the Wirth Institute for Austrian and Central European Studies at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada. Among his publications are Kaunitz and Enlightened Absolutism, 1753-1780, which won both the Barbara Jelavich Prize of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies and the Austrian Cultural Institute Prize for best book in Austrian Studies. He has been awarded the Austrian Order of Merit for the Arts and Sciences for his contributions to Central European scholarship.

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