Louis XVI and the War of American Independence

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Louis XVI and the War of American Independence
Professor John Hardman
University of Edinburgh
October 25, 2019
01:16:28

Professor John Hardman, former lecturer in modern history at the University of Edinburgh and biographer of King Louis XVI, presents the 2019 George Rogers Clark Lecture on the king’s decision to support the American War for Independence. Louis, he argues, possessed sharp political insight and talent in foreign policy. Why did he choose war? Could France have taken another path?