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-->''Come cheer up my lads, tis to glory we steer''
-->''To add something new to this wonderful year''
-->''Hearts of Oak are our ships, Jolly Tars are our men''
-->''We always are ready, steady boys steady''
-->''-British Patriotic Song, written by David Garrick''

-->''I'm Frederick the Great, I am. Frederick the Great I am, I am.''
-->''I got married to a woman I don't love. 'Cause war is all I've time for thinking of''
-->-''satirical lyric from a history website''

From 1756-1763 this was one of the most important wars in history and the largest of the classical eighteenth century style power struggles. It pitted a coalition of [[UsefulNotes/{{Britain}} Britain]], [[UsefulNotes/{{Prussia}} Prussia]], [[UsefulNotes/{{Portugal}} Portugal]], and a few minor northern German states against an opposing alliance of [[UsefulNotes/{{France}} France]], [[UsefulNotes/{{Austria}} Austria]], [[UsefulNotes/{{Russia}} Russia]], [[UsefulNotes/{{Spain}} Spain]], [[UsefulNotes/{{Sweden}} Sweden]], and most of the other German states. It was in a way a bipolar war, consisting of the struggle between various families (and the realms they ruled) for control of Central Europe and the struggle between Britain and France for control of overseas markets and colonies, mainly in North America, with more minor actions in South America and southern India. The latter aspect of the war has led some historians to label it the ''real'' "first [[EarthIsABattlefield world war]]", as fighting took place on every inhabited continent except Australia.[[note]]Yes, there was a small African theatre in this war: the British took the French outposts in Senegal during this war. These were returned to the French at the conclusion of the war.[[/note]]

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-->''-British Patriotic Song, written -->-- "Heart of Oak", British patriotic song by David Garrick''

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-->-''satirical -->-- satirical lyric from a history website''

From 1756-1763
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Fought from 1756 to 1763,
this was one of the most important wars in history and the largest of the classical eighteenth century style 18th-century power struggles. It pitted a coalition of [[UsefulNotes/{{Britain}} Britain]], [[UsefulNotes/{{Prussia}} Prussia]], [[UsefulNotes/{{Portugal}} Portugal]], and a few minor northern German states against an opposing alliance of [[UsefulNotes/{{France}} France]], [[UsefulNotes/{{Austria}} Austria]], [[UsefulNotes/{{Russia}} Russia]], [[UsefulNotes/{{Spain}} Spain]], [[UsefulNotes/{{Sweden}} Sweden]], and most of the other German states. It was in a way a bipolar war, consisting of the struggle between various families (and the realms they ruled) for control of Central Europe and the struggle between Britain and France for control of overseas markets and colonies, mainly in North America, with more minor actions in South America and southern India. The latter aspect of the war has led some historians to label it the ''real'' "first [[EarthIsABattlefield world war]]", as fighting took place on every inhabited continent except Australia.[[note]]Yes, there was a small African theatre in this war: the British took the French outposts in Senegal during this war. These were returned to the French at the conclusion of the war.[[/note]]


* Kenneth Roberts' ''Northwest Passage'' deals with the fighting in North America.

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* Kenneth Roberts' ''Northwest Passage'' (adapted into a [[Film/NorthwestPassage 1940 film]] of the same name) deals with the fighting in North America.


Often referred to in the US as the 'French and Indian War', what with the British North American colonies being restricted to - you guessed it - raising handfuls militia to defend against small-scale French and Indian raids and launch little raids of their own. It also marked a crucial turning point in the history of UsefulNotes/{{Canada}}, as the colony of New France was ceded to the British by France - setting the stage for Canada's later development as a bilingual country and (with the introduction of lots of fresh immigrants to sideline them) loyalty to the national government during the next British Civil War (aka 'The American Revolution'). To French-Canadian populations this war is often referred to as ''La Guerre de Conquête'' ('The War of Conquests'), since effectively, that's what it was from a French-Canadian perspective.

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Often referred to in the US as the 'French and Indian War', what with the British North American colonies being restricted to - you guessed it - raising handfuls militia to defend against small-scale French and Indian raids and launch little raids of their own. It also marked a crucial turning point in the history of UsefulNotes/{{Canada}}, as the colony of New France was ceded to the British by France - setting the stage for Canada's later development as a bilingual country and (with the introduction of lots of fresh immigrants to sideline them) loyalty to the national government during the next British Civil War (aka 'The American Revolution'). To French-Canadian populations this war is often referred to as ''La Guerre de Conquête'' ('The War of Conquests'), Conquest'), since effectively, that's what it was from a French-Canadian perspective.


Often referred to in the US as the 'French and Indian War', what with the British North American colonies being restricted to - you guessed it - raising handfuls militia to defend against small-scale French and Indian raids and launch little raids of their own. It also marked a crucial turning point in the history of UsefulNotes/{{Canada}}, as the colony of New France was ceded to the British by France - setting the stage for Canada's later development as a bilingual country and (with the introduction of lots of fresh immigrants to sideline them) loyalty to the national government during the next British Civil War (aka 'The American Revolution').

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Often referred to in the US as the 'French and Indian War', what with the British North American colonies being restricted to - you guessed it - raising handfuls militia to defend against small-scale French and Indian raids and launch little raids of their own. It also marked a crucial turning point in the history of UsefulNotes/{{Canada}}, as the colony of New France was ceded to the British by France - setting the stage for Canada's later development as a bilingual country and (with the introduction of lots of fresh immigrants to sideline them) loyalty to the national government during the next British Civil War (aka 'The American Revolution'). To French-Canadian populations this war is often referred to as ''La Guerre de Conquête'' ('The War of Conquests'), since effectively, that's what it was from a French-Canadian perspective.


From 1756-1763 this was one of the most important wars in history and the largest of the classical eighteenth century style power struggles. It pitted a coalition of [[UsefulNotes/{{Britain}} Britain]], [[UsefulNotes/{{Prussia}} Prussia]], [[UsefulNotes/{{Portugal}} Portugal]], and a few minor northern German states against an opposing alliance of [[UsefulNotes/{{France}} France]], [[UsefulNotes/{{Austria}} Austria]], [[UsefulNotes/{{Russia}} Russia]], [[UsefulNotes/{{Spain}} Spain]], [[UsefulNotes/{{Sweden}} Sweden]], and most of the other German states. It was in a way a bipolar war, consisting of the struggle between various families (and the realms they ruled) for control of Central Europe and the struggle between Britain and France for control of overseas markets and colonies, mainly in North America, with more minor actions in South America and southern India. The latter aspect of the war has led some historians to label it the ''real'' "first [[EarthIsABattlefield world war]]", as fighting took place on every inhabited continent except Australia.

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From 1756-1763 this was one of the most important wars in history and the largest of the classical eighteenth century style power struggles. It pitted a coalition of [[UsefulNotes/{{Britain}} Britain]], [[UsefulNotes/{{Prussia}} Prussia]], [[UsefulNotes/{{Portugal}} Portugal]], and a few minor northern German states against an opposing alliance of [[UsefulNotes/{{France}} France]], [[UsefulNotes/{{Austria}} Austria]], [[UsefulNotes/{{Russia}} Russia]], [[UsefulNotes/{{Spain}} Spain]], [[UsefulNotes/{{Sweden}} Sweden]], and most of the other German states. It was in a way a bipolar war, consisting of the struggle between various families (and the realms they ruled) for control of Central Europe and the struggle between Britain and France for control of overseas markets and colonies, mainly in North America, with more minor actions in South America and southern India. The latter aspect of the war has led some historians to label it the ''real'' "first [[EarthIsABattlefield world war]]", as fighting took place on every inhabited continent except Australia.
Australia.[[note]]Yes, there was a small African theatre in this war: the British took the French outposts in Senegal during this war. These were returned to the French at the conclusion of the war.[[/note]]


From 1756-1763 this was one of the most important wars in history and the largest of the classical eighteenth century style power struggles. It pitted a coalition of [[UsefulNotes/{{Britain}} Britain]], [[UsefulNotes/{{Prussia}} Prussia]], [[UsefulNotes/{{Portugal}} Portugal]], and a few minor northern German states against an opposing alliance of [[UsefulNotes/{{France}} France]], [[UsefulNotes/{{Austria}} Austria]], [[UsefulNotes/{{Russia}} Russia]], [[UsefulNotes/{{Spain}} Spain]], [[UsefulNotes/{{Sweden}} Sweden]], and most of the other German states. It was in a way a bipolar war, consisting of the struggle between various families (and the realms they ruled) for control of Central Europe and the struggle between Britain and France for control of overseas markets and colonies, mainly in North America, with more minor actions in South America and southern India. Its result led to the founding of UsefulNotes/TheBritishEmpire and a secessionist British state that would, two centuries later, become more populous and richer than her (via UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution). On the other hand, it also marked the end of the first French Colonial Empire overseas and arguably caused her to turn inward to Europe again during the Revolutionary and Napoleonic wars. Most notably, the war marked the ascent of Prussia to Great Power status when she finally managed to conquer ''just'' enough territory (from the Austrian Habsburgs) to be able to put up a decent fight against the other Great Powers. However, on the Prussian part, the war was a very dangerous wager that it could not possibly have survived, let alone won - they only came out on top because nobody was willing or able to test whether Prussia was still up for a fight after the war. This has been referred to as the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miracle_of_the_House_of_Brandenburg "Miracle of the House Brandenburg"]], which may or may not have caused a Prussian belief in a invincible military, which was further reinforced through the UsefulNotes/FrancoPrussianWar and would prove disastrous for Germany in both world wars.

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From 1756-1763 this was one of the most important wars in history and the largest of the classical eighteenth century style power struggles. It pitted a coalition of [[UsefulNotes/{{Britain}} Britain]], [[UsefulNotes/{{Prussia}} Prussia]], [[UsefulNotes/{{Portugal}} Portugal]], and a few minor northern German states against an opposing alliance of [[UsefulNotes/{{France}} France]], [[UsefulNotes/{{Austria}} Austria]], [[UsefulNotes/{{Russia}} Russia]], [[UsefulNotes/{{Spain}} Spain]], [[UsefulNotes/{{Sweden}} Sweden]], and most of the other German states. It was in a way a bipolar war, consisting of the struggle between various families (and the realms they ruled) for control of Central Europe and the struggle between Britain and France for control of overseas markets and colonies, mainly in North America, with more minor actions in South America and southern India. The latter aspect of the war has led some historians to label it the ''real'' "first [[EarthIsABattlefield world war]]", as fighting took place on every inhabited continent except Australia.

Its result led to the founding of UsefulNotes/TheBritishEmpire and a secessionist British state that would, two centuries later, become more populous and richer than her (via UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution). On the other hand, it also marked the end of the first French Colonial Empire overseas and arguably caused her to turn inward to Europe again during the Revolutionary and Napoleonic wars. Most notably, the war marked the ascent of Prussia to Great Power status when she finally managed to conquer ''just'' enough territory (from the Austrian Habsburgs) to be able to put up a decent fight against the other Great Powers. However, on the Prussian part, the war was a very dangerous wager that it could not possibly have survived, let alone won - they only came out on top because nobody was willing or able to test whether Prussia was still up for a fight after the war. This has been referred to as the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miracle_of_the_House_of_Brandenburg "Miracle of the House Brandenburg"]], which may or may not have caused a Prussian belief in a invincible military, which was further reinforced through the UsefulNotes/FrancoPrussianWar and would prove disastrous for Germany in both world wars.


From 1756-1763 this was one of the most important wars in history and the largest of the classical eighteenth century style power struggles. It pitted a coalition of Britain, Prussia, Portugal, and a few minor northern German states against an opposing alliance of France, the Austrian Monarchy, Russia, Spain, Sweden, and most of the other German states. It was in a way a bipolar war, consisting of the struggle between various families (and the realms they ruled) for control of Central Europe and the struggle between Britain and France for control of overseas markets and colonies, mainly in North America, with more minor actions in South America and southern India. Its result led to the founding of UsefulNotes/TheBritishEmpire and a secessionist British state that would, two centuries later, become more populous and richer than her (via UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution). On the other hand, it also marked the end of the first French Colonial Empire overseas and arguably caused her to turn inward to Europe again during the Revolutionary and Napoleonic wars. Most notably, the war marked the ascent of Prussia to Great Power status when she finally managed to conquer ''just'' enough territory (from the Austrian Habsburgs) to be able to put up a decent fight against the other Great Powers. However, on the Prussian part, the war was a very dangerous wager that it could not possibly have survived, let alone won - they only came out on top because nobody was willing or able to test whether Prussia was still up for a fight after the war. This has been referred to as the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miracle_of_the_House_of_Brandenburg "Miracle of the House Brandenburg"]], which may or may not have caused a Prussian belief in a invincible military, which was further reinforced through the UsefulNotes/FrancoPrussianWar and would prove disastrous for Germany in both world wars.

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From 1756-1763 this was one of the most important wars in history and the largest of the classical eighteenth century style power struggles. It pitted a coalition of Britain, Prussia, Portugal, [[UsefulNotes/{{Britain}} Britain]], [[UsefulNotes/{{Prussia}} Prussia]], [[UsefulNotes/{{Portugal}} Portugal]], and a few minor northern German states against an opposing alliance of France, the Austrian Monarchy, Russia, Spain, Sweden, [[UsefulNotes/{{France}} France]], [[UsefulNotes/{{Austria}} Austria]], [[UsefulNotes/{{Russia}} Russia]], [[UsefulNotes/{{Spain}} Spain]], [[UsefulNotes/{{Sweden}} Sweden]], and most of the other German states. It was in a way a bipolar war, consisting of the struggle between various families (and the realms they ruled) for control of Central Europe and the struggle between Britain and France for control of overseas markets and colonies, mainly in North America, with more minor actions in South America and southern India. Its result led to the founding of UsefulNotes/TheBritishEmpire and a secessionist British state that would, two centuries later, become more populous and richer than her (via UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution). On the other hand, it also marked the end of the first French Colonial Empire overseas and arguably caused her to turn inward to Europe again during the Revolutionary and Napoleonic wars. Most notably, the war marked the ascent of Prussia to Great Power status when she finally managed to conquer ''just'' enough territory (from the Austrian Habsburgs) to be able to put up a decent fight against the other Great Powers. However, on the Prussian part, the war was a very dangerous wager that it could not possibly have survived, let alone won - they only came out on top because nobody was willing or able to test whether Prussia was still up for a fight after the war. This has been referred to as the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miracle_of_the_House_of_Brandenburg "Miracle of the House Brandenburg"]], which may or may not have caused a Prussian belief in a invincible military, which was further reinforced through the UsefulNotes/FrancoPrussianWar and would prove disastrous for Germany in both world wars.


* ''Film/FanfanLaTulipe'', a French comedy action film (1952)

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* ''Film/FanfanLaTulipe'', a French comedy action film (1952){{swashbuckler}} film.
** ''Film/{{Fanfan la Tulipe|2003}}'', 2003 remake of the above.

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* The Prussian campaign of ''[[VideoGame/CossacksEuropeanWars Cossacks: The Art of War]]'' covers the Seven Years War, including the Raid on UsefulNotes/{{Berlin}} in 1760.



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* ''Film/FanfanLaTulipe'', a French comedy action film (1952)


From 1756-1763 this was one of the most important wars in history and the largest of the classical eighteenth century style power struggles. It pitted a coalition of Britain, Prussia, Portugal, and a few minor northern German states against an opposing alliance of France, the Austrian Monarchy, Russia, Spain, Sweden, and most of the other German states. It was in a way a bipolar war, consisting of the struggle between various families (and the realms they ruled) for control of Central Europe and the struggle between Britain and France for control of overseas markets and colonies, mainly in North America, with more minor actions in South America and southern India. Its result led to the founding of UsefulNotes/TheBritishEmpire and a secessionist British state that would, a century later, become more populous and richer than her (via UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution). On the other hand, it also marked the end of the first French Colonial Empire overseas and arguably caused her to turn inward to Europe again during the Revolutionary and Napoleonic wars. Most notably, the war marked the ascent of Prussia to Great Power status when she finally managed to conquer ''just'' enough territory (from the Austrian Habsburgs) to be able to put up a decent fight against the other Great Powers. However, on the Prussian part, the war was a very dangerous wager that it could not possibly have survived, let alone won - they only came out on top because nobody was willing or able to test whether Prussia was still up for a fight after the war. This has been referred to as the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miracle_of_the_House_of_Brandenburg "Miracle of the House Brandenburg"]], which may or may not have caused a Prussian belief in a invincible military, which was further reinforced through the UsefulNotes/FrancoPrussianWar and would prove disastrous for Germany in both world wars.

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From 1756-1763 this was one of the most important wars in history and the largest of the classical eighteenth century style power struggles. It pitted a coalition of Britain, Prussia, Portugal, and a few minor northern German states against an opposing alliance of France, the Austrian Monarchy, Russia, Spain, Sweden, and most of the other German states. It was in a way a bipolar war, consisting of the struggle between various families (and the realms they ruled) for control of Central Europe and the struggle between Britain and France for control of overseas markets and colonies, mainly in North America, with more minor actions in South America and southern India. Its result led to the founding of UsefulNotes/TheBritishEmpire and a secessionist British state that would, a century two centuries later, become more populous and richer than her (via UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution). On the other hand, it also marked the end of the first French Colonial Empire overseas and arguably caused her to turn inward to Europe again during the Revolutionary and Napoleonic wars. Most notably, the war marked the ascent of Prussia to Great Power status when she finally managed to conquer ''just'' enough territory (from the Austrian Habsburgs) to be able to put up a decent fight against the other Great Powers. However, on the Prussian part, the war was a very dangerous wager that it could not possibly have survived, let alone won - they only came out on top because nobody was willing or able to test whether Prussia was still up for a fight after the war. This has been referred to as the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miracle_of_the_House_of_Brandenburg "Miracle of the House Brandenburg"]], which may or may not have caused a Prussian belief in a invincible military, which was further reinforced through the UsefulNotes/FrancoPrussianWar and would prove disastrous for Germany in both world wars.


* Alluded to, if not outright covered, in ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia.''

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* Alluded to, if not outright covered, in ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia.''''Webcomic/HetaliaAxisPowers''.


* ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIII'' features a prologue set during the French and Indian War, showing its importance in the birth of the real subject of the game, UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution. It features an EarlyBirdCameo with George Washington during his service under the notorious General Braddock on his doomed expedition.

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* ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIII'' features a prologue set during the French and Indian War, showing its importance in the birth of the real main subject of the game, UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution. It features an EarlyBirdCameo with a cameo of George Washington during his service under the notorious General Braddock on his doomed expedition.

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From 1756-1763 this was one of the most important wars in history and the largest of the classical eighteenth century style power struggles. It was in a way a bipolar war, consisting of the struggle between various families (and the realms they ruled) for control of Central Europe and the struggle between Britain and France for control of overseas markets and colonies. Its result led to the founding of UsefulNotes/TheBritishEmpire and a secessionist British state that would, two centuries later, become more populous and richer than her (via UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution). On the other hand, it also marked the end of the first French Colonial Empire overseas and arguably caused her to turn inward to Europe again during the Revolutionary and Napoleonic wars. Most notably, the war marked the ascent of Prussia to Great Power status when she finally managed to conquer ''just'' enough territory (from the Austrian Habsburgs) to be able to put up a decent fight against the other Great Powers. However, on the Prussian part, the war was a very dangerous wager that it could not possibly have survived, let alone won - they only came out on top because nobody was willing or able to test whether Prussia was still up for a fight after the war. This has been referred to as the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miracle_of_the_House_of_Brandenburg "Miracle of the House Brandenburg"]], which may or may not have caused a Prussian belief in a invincible military, which was further reinforced through the UsefulNotes/FrancoPrussianWar and would prove disastrous for Germany in both world wars.

There was fighting in several theaters including Central Europe, North America, and India. (Minor theaters included Brazil, the Caribbean, West Africa, and the Philippines.) Given the nicely global spread of the fighting this has been posited as the first 'world' war, though why exactly it should get this designation when the War of the Austrian Succession, War of the Spanish Succession, or various Anglo-French colonial spats don't isn't clear. The way all three major theatres were seeing action ''at the same time'' is a biggie, though.

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From 1756-1763 this was one of the most important wars in history and the largest of the classical eighteenth century style power struggles. It pitted a coalition of Britain, Prussia, Portugal, and a few minor northern German states against an opposing alliance of France, the Austrian Monarchy, Russia, Spain, Sweden, and most of the other German states. It was in a way a bipolar war, consisting of the struggle between various families (and the realms they ruled) for control of Central Europe and the struggle between Britain and France for control of overseas markets and colonies.colonies, mainly in North America, with more minor actions in South America and southern India. Its result led to the founding of UsefulNotes/TheBritishEmpire and a secessionist British state that would, two centuries later, become more populous and richer than her (via UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution). On the other hand, it also marked the end of the first French Colonial Empire overseas and arguably caused her to turn inward to Europe again during the Revolutionary and Napoleonic wars. Most notably, the war marked the ascent of Prussia to Great Power status when she finally managed to conquer ''just'' enough territory (from the Austrian Habsburgs) to be able to put up a decent fight against the other Great Powers. However, on the Prussian part, the war was a very dangerous wager that it could not possibly have survived, let alone won - they only came out on top because nobody was willing or able to test whether Prussia was still up for a fight after the war. This has been referred to as the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miracle_of_the_House_of_Brandenburg "Miracle of the House Brandenburg"]], which may or may not have caused a Prussian belief in a invincible military, which was further reinforced through the UsefulNotes/FrancoPrussianWar and would prove disastrous for Germany in both world wars.

There was fighting in several theaters including Central Europe, Western Europe (inc. Iberia), North America, America (mainland and Caribbean), and India. (Minor theaters included Brazil, the Caribbean, West Africa, and the Philippines.) Given the nicely global spread of the fighting this has been posited as the first 'world' war, though why exactly it should get this designation when the War of the Austrian Succession, War of the Spanish Succession, or various Anglo-French colonial spats don't isn't clear. The way all three major theatres were seeing action ''at the same time'' is a biggie, though.
though, as is the involvement of all six of the great powers simultaneously (unless one still considered UsefulNotes/{{China}} to have qualified at this point, this being around the start of the Great Divergence).

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