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The 18th-century Antecedents of the Concert of Europe I: The Triple Alliance of 1717

Ludwig Knaus [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

The signing of the Triple Alliance of The Hague by representatives of Britain, France, and the Republic of the United Provinces of the Netherlands on 4 January 1717 (30 CTS 65 ) was a major diplomatic event in the years after the peace settlement of Utrecht-Rastatt [Rastadt]-Baden (1713–1714). Through the alliance, Britain and France, who had led the opposing coalitions during the War of the Spanish Succession (1700–1714) and were the architects of the peace, confirmed the Utrecht settlement after some years of bickering and doubts. The alliance treaty marked the beginning of a strategic cooperation between the two leading powers of Europe to uphold the system of Utrecht which would last for almost a quarter-century. Read the entire article here >>>

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