The Seven Years’ War is misnamed; it was only a seven-year war on the Continent. In truth, it began a year or two earlier as a colonial war between Britain and France. This war ultimately provided Austria with the tools it had been seeking since the peace of Aix-la-Chapelle (1748) to build an offensive coalition to attack Prussia. This continental war would not have occurred at this time if the colonial war were not being waged. The Seven Years’ War shows how predatory war widening can turn a war on the periphery into a world war.