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So great a revolution: Charles Townshend and the partition of the Austrian Netherlands, September 1725

Frederik Dhondt UGent (2012) DUTCH CROSSING-JOURNAL OF LOW COUNTRIES STUDIES. 36(1). p.50-68
abstract
This article examines an exchange of dispatches between two prominent 18th century British foreign policy makers, Charles Townshend (1674-1738) and Horace Walpole (1678-1757), wherein the former proposed a partition of the Southern Netherlands. In the immediate aftermath of the 1725 Ripperda treaty, whereby Austrian Habsburgs and Spanish Bourbons surprisingly came together in a potential new universal monarchy, Townshend saw opportunities to diminish Emperor Charles VI through conquest of his positions in the Low Countries. Habsburg, and not France, is seen as the main menace to European stability. Although the plan was never put into practice and consequently but scantly discussed in historiography, the arguments put forward by both men reveal crucial long-term thinking patterns. Townshend adapted his aggressive plans to the prevailing ideational dominance of balance-of-power-thinking after the 1713 Peace of Utrecht.
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organization
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journalArticle (original)
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published
subject
keyword
British foreign policy, diplomatic history, Austrian Netherlands, Quadruple Alliance, Charles Townshend (1674-1738)
journal title
DUTCH CROSSING-JOURNAL OF LOW COUNTRIES STUDIES
Dutch Crossing
volume
36
issue
1
pages
50 - 68
Web of Science type
Article
Web of Science id
000300873100005
JCR category
HISTORY
JCR impact factor
0.091 (2012)
JCR rank
59/68 (2012)
JCR quartile
4 (2012)
ISSN
0309-6564
DOI
10.1179/0309656411Z.0000000002
language
English
UGent publication?
yes
classification
A1
copyright statement
I have transferred the copyright for this publication to the publisher
id
1954701
handle
http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-1954701
date created
2011-11-28 10:14:05
date last changed
2015-06-17 09:52:34
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  author       = {Dhondt, Frederik},
  issn         = {0309-6564},
  journal      = {DUTCH CROSSING-JOURNAL OF LOW COUNTRIES STUDIES},
  keyword      = {British foreign policy,diplomatic history,Austrian Netherlands,Quadruple Alliance,Charles Townshend (1674-1738)},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {1},
  pages        = {50--68},
  title        = {So great a revolution: Charles Townshend and the partition of the Austrian Netherlands, September 1725},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1179/0309656411Z.0000000002},
  volume       = {36},
  year         = {2012},
}

Chicago
Dhondt, Frederik. 2012. “So Great a Revolution: Charles Townshend and the Partition of the Austrian Netherlands, September 1725.” Dutch Crossing-journal of Low Countries Studies 36 (1): 50–68.
APA
Dhondt, F. (2012). So great a revolution: Charles Townshend and the partition of the Austrian Netherlands, September 1725. DUTCH CROSSING-JOURNAL OF LOW COUNTRIES STUDIES, 36(1), 50–68.
Vancouver
1.
Dhondt F. So great a revolution: Charles Townshend and the partition of the Austrian Netherlands, September 1725. DUTCH CROSSING-JOURNAL OF LOW COUNTRIES STUDIES. 2012;36(1):50–68.
MLA
Dhondt, Frederik. “So Great a Revolution: Charles Townshend and the Partition of the Austrian Netherlands, September 1725.” DUTCH CROSSING-JOURNAL OF LOW COUNTRIES STUDIES 36.1 (2012): 50–68. Print.