The Seven Years’ War. The Great French Disaster

La Fayette, We Are Here!

This particular conflict goes by multiple names and definitions. While it is globally recognized as the Seven Years’ War, it is more commonly referred to in America as the French and Indian War, and in Canada as the War of Conquest. These wars are all interconnected and are part of a vast global struggle between the two superpowers of the mid-eighteenth century: France and Great Britain.

Considered by many as the first true world war, it continues to reverberate even today. Join us as we embark on a historical journey, with Louis XV, Madame de Pompadour, the Marquis de Montcalm, and general Wolfe as our guides, to examine “the Great French Disaster.” 

Timecodes:
Introduction
04:18 –
The Origins of Conflict
13:21 – From Frontier Struggle to Global War
22:12 – Downward Spiral
28:51 – The Great Disaster
37:46 – Conclusion

Music: Marche pour la cérémonie des Turcs, composed by Jean-Baptiste Lully, arranged and performed by Jérôme Arfouche.

Artwork: The death of the Marquis de Montcalm, by Juste Chevillet, National Gallery of Canada

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