"Meanwhile a war raged in the world outside"
Death of General Wolfe, Seven Years' War
Public DomainDeath of General Wolfe, Seven Years' War

This was the Seven Years' War, which lasted from 1756 until 1763, when the treaties of Hubertsburg and Paris were signed. It has been called the first true 'world war', as the fighting extended to North America and Asia, and resulted in some 1,400,000 deaths.