In 1783 a French foreign office report stated that if France continued down its long line of defeat after defeat, it would soon become “a power of secondary rank limited to Continental Europe”. Indeed, France in the years before the revolution could be considered a failure in war and all things having to do with the military. In 1763 The Seven Years’ War ended, depriving France of much of its colonial holdings in Canada and India. On
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that had lost battle after battle to technologically and numerically inferior enemies in the late 18th century, form 1807 to 1812 could call itself the undisputed ruler of all Europe.
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