I've only read pieces of this one, but it seems an interesting backgrounder:
Europe in the Eighteenth Century 1713-1783 by M. S. Anderson. It's part of the "A General History of Europe Series" and publishedby Holt, Rinehard, and Winston in 1961. The bit that I've read so far is well written, and a nice overview of the period.
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