Outlines of General History

Outlines of General History

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1868 edition. Excerpt: ...of the capture of Minorca by Richelieu (1756), the French arms enjoyed no success in this war, which raged, so far as France was concerned, chiefly in North America and along the Rhine. She lost Canada and her "West Indian possessions; her armies were driven back over the Rhine by the English and the Hanoverians; and in 1759 were signally defeated at Minden--a. battle which saved the Electorate of Hanover. The Peace of Paris (1763) left France shorn of great possessions, and heavily laden with new taxes. The remaining eleven years of the reign were filled with iniquitous jobs to raise money, which was squandered in vice. In 1769 Corsica became a French possession, its struggle for liberty under Paoli having come to an end: and in that same year the rocky island gave birth to a child, whose fate was bound up with the future history of France. Louis XV. died, worn out with debauchery, in 1774. Louis XVI. (1774-1793).--We now reach the most terrible and tragic period of French history--although that history is by no means barren in tragedy. The splendid habits of the young royal couple--Louis and his wife Marie Antoinette, Maria Theresa's daughter--were extremely unfavourable to the payment of the enormous debt left by their predecessor on the throne. Minister succeeded minister--Necker, Calonne, Brienne, Necker again; but all in vain. The national difficulties grew worse, and in 1789 exploded in Revolution. The French Revolution (1789-95) began, when the tiers itat, refusing to be separated in the meeting of the States-General from the nobles and bishops, formed themselves into the National Assembly. The mob without, hearing that soldiers were coming to dissolve this body, rose, and stormed the prison called Bastile (July 14, 1789). In October...show more

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  • Paperback | 106 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 204g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236628373
  • 9781236628374