Free talk – Thursday 31 October, Kew
This year marks the 300th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Utrecht and, as part of The National Archives’ anniversary campaign, I’ve invited a speaker to give a public talk on these far reaching diplomatic events. James Falkner, ex-army officer, noted 18th century military expert and author of six books on Marlborough and the War of Spanish Succession, will be our guest speaker for the day.
The Treaties of Utrecht (Dutch ‘United Provinces’, April 1713-September 1714) were a series of negotiations between France and Spain and the other major European powers, which ended the long drawn out War of Spanish Succession (1701-1714). France concluded treaties of peace with Britain, the Dutch republic, Prussia, Portugal and Savoy. The original antagonists in this world-wide conflict, France and the French party in Spain on the one hand, and the Grand Alliance formed by Britain and imperial Austria on the other, had at last fought each other to exhaustion (France in particular was economically exhausted by 1710), and only by a treaty such as this, for all its imperfections, could peace of a kind be achieved.