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Britain and France at the Birth of America: The European Powers and the Peace Negotiations of 1782-83

Andrew Stockley


This is a comprehensive study of the peace negotiations that ended the War of American Independence. It challenges traditional views and uses a wide range of sources to provide a detailed analysis of the treaties signed between Britain and France, Spain, the Netherlands, and the United States. The book shows that American independence, rather than being the important issue of the negotiations, was consistently subordinated to European balance of power considerations. It demonstrates the importance of personality and popular prejudice in determining foreign policy, and insights are offered into ... More

Keywords: peace negotiations, American Independence, balance of power, political history, foreign policy, Britain, France, United States, Spain, Netherlands

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780859896153
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2014 DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9780859896153.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrew Stockley, author
University of Canterbury, New Zealand