The decline of military alliances and the rise of economic ones.
Claims a few words, though its scope is rather to show differences than affinities; but treatment of that kind is undoubtedly useful at times in indicating that alliances generally admitted are unnatural; and this is the case here, for, following Calvier's method, the author's researches prove the artificial character of some of its associations.
But his plans were traversed again and again by unforeseen complications, the failure of the most promising presumptions, the perpetual shifting of apparently stable alliances; and again and again he had to modify his means to attain his ends.
He encouraged the princes to form alliances for its maintenance, and at the time of his death such alliances existed in all parts of the country.
The idea of possibly running into people whose alliances she couldn't predict made her queasy.