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|[http://vial.jean.free.fr/new_npi/ Nec Pluribus Impar] by Jean-Louis Vial, a French website dedicated to the armies of the XVIII<sup>th</sup> century. A pioneer for this type of website and one of the main inspirations for our current "Project SYW". This website has not been updated in recent years but contain a treasure trove of information. If you are not yet familiar with this website, it's time to pay a visit (''click on the Nec Pluribus Impar image at the top of the first page, then on "Accès aux archives" on the second'').
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In 1756, more than 250 years ago, the major powers of Europe became entangled in a conflict now known as the '''Seven Years' War''' that was to last until 1763. It involved all the major powers of Europe, with [[Austria]], [[France]], [[Russia]], [[Saxony]], [[Sweden]], and later [[Spain]] siding against the alliance of [[Great Britain]], [[Hanover]], [[Prussia]], and later [[Portugal]].
  
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The war had in fact started in 1755 in North America and India where France and Great Britain were struggling for colonial supremacy. In Europe, [[Maria Theresa]] of Austria had undertaken intense diplomatic efforts to forge an alliance against Prussia with the goal of wresting the lost province of Silesia from the Prussian grasp.  
  
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[[Frederick II]] of Prussia [[1756 - Prussian invasion of Saxony|invaded Saxony]] in 1756 and [[1757 - Prussian invasion of Bohemia|Bohemia]] in 1757. However, he had to abandon Bohemia after the defeat of [[1757-06-18 - Battle of Kolin|Kolin]]. Prussians were now on the defensive against Austrians in [[1757 - Austrian invasion of Silesia|Silesia]], Franco-Imperials in [[1757 - Franco-Imperial invasion of Saxony|Saxony]] and Russians in [[1757 - Russian campaign in East Prussia|East Prussia]]. Frederick II saved Prussia by two brilliant victories at [[1757-11-05 - Battle of Rossbach|Rossbach]] and [[1757-12-05 - Battle of Leuthen|Leuthen]]. Meanwhile France had successfully invaded [[1757 - French invasion of Hanover|Hanover]] but was soon pushed back to the Rhine.
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In North America, the first years of the conflict turned to the advantage of France. In Asia, [[1757 - British campaign in Bengal|Bengal]] was virtually under British rule by the end of 1757.
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From 1758, Prussia managed to contain its enemies on all fronts. In 1762, it was on the verge of being defeated when the [[Elizabeth Petrovna|Tsarina]] died leaving the throne to [[Peter III]], who held Frederick II in high esteem. Consequently, the new Tsar sided with Prussia.
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Meanwhile, year after year, the struggle between France and the Anglo-Hanoverians in Western Germany remained inconclusive. By the end of each campaign the belligerents were basically back to their initial positions.
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In America, Africa and Asia, the tide turned in 1758. Great Britain had successfully conquered [[1758 - British expedition against Fort Louis in Senegal|Senegal]] (1758), [[1759 - British expedition against Martinique and Guadeloupe|Guadeloupe]] (1759), [[1759 - British expedition against Quebec|Canada]] (1759-60), [[1761 - British expedition against Dominica|Dominica]] (1761), [[1762 - British expedition against Martinique|Martinique]] (1762) and [[1762 - British expedition against Cuba|Cuba]] (1762).
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In 1762, a new front opened in the Iberian Peninsula where a Franco-Spanish army vainly attempted the [[1762 - Spanish campaign in Portugal|conquest of Portugal]].
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Early in 1763, all belligerents made peace, leaving the political map of Europe almost unchanged. However, Great Britain had eliminated its most important competitor for the domination of the world, and Prussia had survived the war, a feat all by itself... '''[[Seven Years War|(more...)]]'''
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The Seven Years' War in a few words
Frederick II of Prussia in 1763 - Source: Wikimedia Commons

In 1756, more than 250 years ago, the major powers of Europe became entangled in a conflict now known as the Seven Years' War that was to last until 1763. It involved all the major powers of Europe, with Austria, France, Russia, Saxony, Sweden, and later Spain siding against the alliance of Great Britain, Hanover, Prussia, and later Portugal.

The war had in fact started in 1755 in North America and India where France and Great Britain were struggling for colonial supremacy. In Europe, Maria Theresa of Austria had undertaken intense diplomatic efforts to forge an alliance against Prussia with the goal of wresting the lost province of Silesia from the Prussian grasp.

Frederick II of Prussia invaded Saxony in 1756 and Bohemia in 1757. However, he had to abandon Bohemia after the defeat of Kolin. Prussians were now on the defensive against Austrians in Silesia, Franco-Imperials in Saxony and Russians in East Prussia. Frederick II saved Prussia by two brilliant victories at Rossbach and Leuthen. Meanwhile France had successfully invaded Hanover but was soon pushed back to the Rhine.

In North America, the first years of the conflict turned to the advantage of France. In Asia, Bengal was virtually under British rule by the end of 1757.

From 1758, Prussia managed to contain its enemies on all fronts. In 1762, it was on the verge of being defeated when the Tsarina died leaving the throne to Peter III, who held Frederick II in high esteem. Consequently, the new Tsar sided with Prussia.

Meanwhile, year after year, the struggle between France and the Anglo-Hanoverians in Western Germany remained inconclusive. By the end of each campaign the belligerents were basically back to their initial positions.

In America, Africa and Asia, the tide turned in 1758. Great Britain had successfully conquered Senegal (1758), Guadeloupe (1759), Canada (1759-60), Dominica (1761), Martinique (1762) and Cuba (1762).

In 1762, a new front opened in the Iberian Peninsula where a Franco-Spanish army vainly attempted the conquest of Portugal.

Early in 1763, all belligerents made peace, leaving the political map of Europe almost unchanged. However, Great Britain had eliminated its most important competitor for the domination of the world, and Prussia had survived the war, a feat all by itself... (more...)

Project SYW needs your continuous support
The 2013 donation campaign has produced a total of 2165 $CAD. This is a 34% increase over last year. Thank you! These donations are invested in web hosting and the acquisition and integration of additional documentation. For 2014, you have started, as early as January 2, to make donations. Thank you very much for your continuous support.

To make a donation (Paypal or main credit cards) click here.


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