(1756-1763) The conflict which pitted
France, Austrian, Russia, Saxony, Sweden, and (after 1762) Spain against Prussia, Great Britain, and the German state of Hanover. Land and sea battles
were fought in North America (where it is sometimes known as the French and Indian War), Europe, and India. The European hostilities were concluded in
1763 by a peace agreement that essentially reestablished prewar boundaries. The North American conflict, and particularly the fall of Quebec in 1759, shifted the balance of power to the British. The British had similar success in India.