One of the hallmarks of the European Enlightenment and the subsequent revolutionary wars was the spread of new ideas on politics and government. The influential works of Thomas Paine and Jean-Jacques Rousseau were widely translated, facilitating the spread of new and radical ideas on politics. Examples of political works also included advice manuals such as Carl Gustaf Tessin's Letters from an old man to a young prince that was later translated into English. The eighteenth century was also a period of intense international conflict both on the continent of Europe and for supremacy in the colonial empires in the Americas and Asia. Official propaganda had an important role in shaping foreign and domestic opinion and in winning allies as can be seen from the sympathetic portrayal Romeyn de Hooge gives to William III's invasion of England or de Mairobert's pro-French account of the Treaty of Utrecht.

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