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England, Spain and the family compact, 1763-1783

Lasala, Juan Antonio Lalaguna (1967) England, Spain and the family compact, 1763-1783. PhD thesis, The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

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Abstract

This study takes a new look at Anglo-Spanish relations between 176; and 178;. They are examined from the point of view of Spain and her use of the 1761 alliance with France. During this period Spain had her own objectives, not always coinciding wit France's. She was seriously restricted in the foreign field by her need of French support, but, on the whole, she managed to pursue them quite effectively. An analysis is made of Spain's failure to win new friends who would reduce her dependence on French support, and a fresh interpretation of the Falkland Islands crisis of 1770-1771 is attempted. The problems arising from the general relaxation in Anglo-Spanish colonial issues after 1771 are fully examined, together with the restraining influence of Spain on France's European commitments. Britain's American struggle is also considered in 80 far as it enabled Spain to find a solution to her disputes with Portugal in the River Plate (Portugal was Britain's traditional ally), and in order to assess the outcome. of the American War of Independence against the background of Spain's objectives after the Seven Years War.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Additional Information: © 1967 Juan Antonio Lalahuna Lasala
Library of Congress subject classification: D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
D History General and Old World > DP Spain
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Supervisor: Hatton, R. H.
URI: http://etheses.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/3955

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