French Wars

(2465 words)
  • Nicholas Seager (University of Keele)

Historical Context Essay


The decade between France’s declaration of war with Austria in April 1792 and the Treaty of Amiens in March 1802 incorporates the French Revolutionary Wars, during which two separate coalitions were formed against and defeated by France. The First Coalition was initiated by Prussia and Austria, who sought to restore the French King Louis XVI to full power after the French Revolution, as well as to defend the territorial claims of German states around the Rhine. After the disbandment of the First Coalition in 1797, only Great Britain remained at war with France; the following year Britain and Russia gathered the Second Coalition. …

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Seager, Nicholas. "French Wars". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 24 September 2007
[, accessed 05 October 2015.]

Related Groups

  1. French Revolution and French Revolutionary Wars: 1789-1802