The Revolutions of Europe; Being an Historical View of the European Nations from the Subversion of the Roman Empire in the West to the Abdication of Napoleon

The Revolutions of Europe; Being an Historical View of the European Nations from the Subversion of the Roman Empire in the West to the Abdication of Napoleon

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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. 1839 edition. Excerpt: ...an event so prejudicial to the true interests of that kingdom would have been, doubtless, to equip an expedition, and pitch his camp on the frontiers of Holland. The court of France knew this well, and yet they contented themselves with sending an army to the Rhine, which took possession of Philipsburg, Mayence, and the whole palatinate, as well as a part of the Electorate of Treves (September and October 1688). Louvois, the French minister who directed these operations, had flattered himself that the Dutch, when they beheld the war breaking out in their vicinity, would not dare to take any part in the troubles of England. In this opinion he was deceived; the Prince of Orange, supported by the Dutch fleet, effected a landing in England (16th November, 1668). The revolution there was soon completed, by the dethronement of James II.; and Louis XlV., ending where he should have begun, then declared war against the States-General. This mistaken policy of the French minister became the true source of all the subsequent reverses that eclipsed the reign of Louis XIV. A powerful league was now formed against France, which was joined successively by the emperor, the Empire, England, Holland, Spain, and Savoy (1689). Louis XIV., in order to make head against these formidable enemies, recalled his troops from those places which they occupied in the palatinate, and on the banks of the Rhine; but in withdrawing them, he ordered a great number of the towns to be burnt to ashes, and laid waste the whole country. By this barbarity, which circumstances by no means called for, he only aggravated the hatred and increased the ardour of his enemies. War was commenced by sea and land; in Italy, Spain, Ireland, the Low Countries, and on the Rhine. Louis supported it...show more

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  • Paperback | 306 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 16mm | 549g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236563077
  • 9781236563071