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„Are we at peace, or at war?“ the French sea captain called to his British counterpart. The reply, says historian Dan Snow, was emphatic: „At peace! At peace!“ Moments later, the French ships, bound for their colony in Canada, were shattered by a devastating broadside. It was 1755 and this „naked act of aggression“ heralded the first truly world war. The Seven Years War, Dan Snow explains in Empire Of The Seas, his four-part history of the Royal Navy for BBC Two, was nothing less than a battle for global supremacy. The two nations fought wherever their interests clashed and the outcome changed the world for ever. Two other events in the Seven Years War did much to establish a new world order based on British maritime supremacy. In the spring of 1756, Admiral John Byng’s fleet arrived off Minorca to find the British garrison under siege. Withdrawing his ships to the safety of Gibraltar, Minorca was lost and Byng subsequently directed his own execution, prompting the French philosopher Voltaire to observe: „In this country it is wise to kill an admiral from time to time… to encourage the others.“ It achieved exactly that, from then on Royal Navy officers were set on a course of relentless aggression.

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