The partition treaties 1698-1700

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The partition treaties of the Spanish Succession, concluded in The Hague on 11 October 1698 (22 CTS 1698) and 25 March 1700 (13 CTS 145), are a good example of the use of diplomacy as an alternative to war. These documents were never executed, but they contained the blueprint of a political solution for the problem of the Spanish Succession, which kept Europe in suspense from 1659 to 1715. The treaties illustrate the ambiguous nature of French foreign policy under Louis XIV (1638-1715). Diplomacy was not the mere handmaiden of the military, but an instrument in its own right. In John C. Rule’s words: “Napoleon dictated, Louis negotiated.” (Rule & Trotter 2014) The partition treaties were elaborated under the aegis of Jean-Baptiste Colbert de Torcy (1665-1746), Louis XIV’s last secretary of state for foreign affairs. The works of Arsène Legrelle (Legrelle 1888-1892) positioned this colossal diplomatic undertaking as a masterwork of statecraft.
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StatusPublished - 11 okt 2016

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