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Imperial perfidy, like Habsburg debts, thus became a byword in London and The Hague. Most selfish of all from the Anglo-Dutch standpoint was the decision of Emperor Joseph I (1705-11) to overrun Italy when, with Prince Eugene's rescue of Turin in 1706, it was the turn of the French to withdraw across the Alps. An Austrian Milan and an Austrian Naples may be said to have been the price of Eugene's assistance on Marlborough's great battlefields; but in 1707 the advance on Naples ruined the siege of Toulon, success in which was to have ended the war in the West—years before the British left the Emperor Charles VI and Eugene, by an act of poetic justice, to work out their own settlement with Louis XIV and Marshal Villars at Rastatt.
An Austrian Milan and an Austrian Naples may be said to have been the price of Eugene's assistance on Marlborough's great battlefields; but in 1707 the advance on Naples ruined the siege of Toulon, success in which was to have ended the war in the West—years before the British left the Emperor Charles VI and Eugene, by an act of poetic justice, to work out their own settlement with Louis XIV and Marshal Villars at Rastatt. There, and in the ensuing negotiations of 1714 at Baden, which settled the claims of the Imperial 1 The internal affairs of the Empire in the period of the present volume are treated in vol.
Hence the momentum of the Drang nach Osten was not immediately halted by the series of crises—in particular, the first of the many succession disputes of the period, those of Cologne-Liege and of the British Isles— which touched off the Nine Years War, nor even by the early French successes in it (ch. vn). The emperor's allies had to carry on that struggle in the knowledge that he might at any moment desert them. Conversely, every attempt to assist the allies by terminating the Balkan hostilities broke down until the rout of the Turkish army at Zenta in 1697—a battle as decisive as Poltava, but only made possible by Habsburg evacuation of Italy in the previous year.