HIS103 - The Making of the European Balance of Power

HIS103 - The Making of the European Balance of Power - The...

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The Making of the European Balance of Power: The Origins of the War of the Spanish Succession Wednesday, October 6 th / 2010 All the powers concern rapidly demobilized after the Nine Years War William III found himself under pressure from the House of Commons in England and the State General within the Dutch Republic to scale down the military establishment Even Louis XIV scaled down his military establishment to a level that was less threatening to other powers Still, France could field an army of 150,000 military men Louis XIV was now committed to peace He did see one main source of trouble…16 th of June 1698 – Peace can only be upset by the eventuality of the King of Spain’s death It was the Spanish Inheritance that caused concern amongst the other powers as to would succeed to the Spanish heir At the end of the Nine Years War, the accepted the presence of Dutch Troops The Spanish Netherlands acted as a “buffer zone” between France and the Dutch Republic The Austrian Monarchy did not care much about the Indies, but had a close interest in the Italian possessions (to become a dominant power in the whole of southern Europe)
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