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New Editorial: The Peace of Aachen (1748) and the Rise of Multilateral Treaties

January 5, 2017

In the final months of 1748, the War of the Austrian Succession, which had begun in December 1740 with the invasion of the Austrian Duchy of Silesia by the young Prussian King Frederick II (r. 1740–1786), ended at the peace conference of Aachen [Aix-la-Chapelle]

In this editorial feature, Randall Lesaffer discusses how the Peace of Aachen forms an essential precedent to the Congress of Vienna (1815) and is also important for the rise of multilateral treaties.

Read the entire article or visit our depository of past monthly editorials.