British: Keep any royal house from establishing a universal monarchy on the continent (a la Napoleon)
Hapsburgs: Two branches of this family held the crowns of Austria, Spain, and the Holy Roman Empire
Bourbons: New royal house of France with ambitions of expanding
In the late 1600/ early 1700's, Louis XIV constituted the single greatest threat to
the Balance of Power. The Treaty of Utrecht (1713) ended Louis’ expansionism, but did place a Bourbon
on the Spanish throne.