War of the Austrian Succession

(redirected from War of Austrian succession)
Also found in: Thesaurus, Encyclopedia.

War of the Austrian Succession

n
(Historical Terms) the war (1740–48) fought by Austria, Britain, and the Netherlands against Prussia, France, and Spain in support of the right of succession of Maria Theresa to the Austrian throne and against the territorial aims of Prussia
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.War of the Austrian Succession - Prussia and Austria fought over Silesia and most of the rest of Europe took sides; 1740-1748
Battle of Fontenoy, Fontenoy - a battle in 1745 in which the French army under Marshal Saxe defeated the English army and their allies under the duke of Cumberland
References in periodicals archive ?
Despite the reluctance of several of his British advisers, he deployed British, Hanoverian, and hired Hessian troops in the War of Austrian Succession, even leading his men personally at the Battle of Dettingen in June 1743, when he was nearly sixty years of age.
One of the earliest letters dates from 1745, written a few hours after the Battle of Fontenoy during the War of Austrian Succession.
One of the earliest letters Ms Price discovered dated from a few hours after the Battle of Fontenoy during the War of Austrian Succession in 1745, in which Phil Browne confided to his brother: "I have a calm mind and don't fear anything from the consequences of death, being perfectly resigned to the will of the great and Incomprehensible Being who hath a just right to recall it when and in what manner he pleases.