War of the Spanish Succession (2287 words)

Historical Context Essay


The century after William of Orange’s landing at Torbay and the Glorious Revolution in England was one dominated by conflict with France. This sequence of global wars consisted of the Nine Years War (1689–97), the War of the Spanish Succession (1702–13), the War of the Austrian Succession (1739–48), the Seven Years War (1756–63) and the American War of Independence (1775–83) in which the French intervened in 1778.

The Glorious Revolution banished the Catholic James II and invited onto the English throne the Dutch William of Orange as guarantor that the English monarchy would remain Protestant. (See the Bill of Rights, 1689 and the Act of Settlement, 1701). Protestant England then became engaged in two parallel …

Citation: Seager, Nicholas. "War of the Spanish Succession". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 03 September 2003 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/stopics.php?rec=true&UID=1178, accessed 29 November 2022.]

1178 War of the Spanish Succession 2 Historical context notes are intended to give basic and preliminary information on a topic. In some cases they will be expanded into longer entries as the Literary Encyclopedia evolves.

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