In 1688 Europe was drawn into a series of wars that would not end until the defeat of Napoleon at Waterloo in 1815. The wars were about maintaining the balance of power in Europe and alliances shifted with every war—the only constant being that the English and French were always on the opposite side. The wars were global in scope as they were fought on the continent of Europe as well as other areas in the world where Europeans had interests: North America, the Caribbean, Africa and Asia. This program will examine the War for American Independence in its worldly context as one of the wars in this series of conflicts—the only war the British clearly lost.
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