The Conduct of the Dutch: British Opinion and the Dutch Alliance During the War of the Spanish Succession

January 1, 1958|
The Conduct of the Dutch: British Opinion and the Dutch Alliance During the War of the Spanish Succession by Douglas Coombs
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I The story of the attitude of Englishmen to the Dutch in the later seventeenth century - a story of the complex interplay of engrained hostility and growing consciousness of common interest - has already been told in some detai1. ! With the death of the Stadtholder-King, however, the subject seems to have lost its attraction for the historian. Much has been written of the workings of the Anglo-Dutch alliance in the years that followed, but little has been done to relate the develop­ ment of 'official' attitudes and policies to the fluctuations and precon­ ceptions of public opinion . . Perhaps the very intimacy of the two countries for most of queen Anne's reign has made enquiries as to what 2 one thought of the other seem of little moment. Such a view would be plausible enough: conflict is certainly more spectacular and often more revealing than unity. 3 It is nonetheless obvious that the subjec­ tion of an alliance to the stresses of war may both reveal the underlying attitudes of the partners to each other and also invest their day-to-day reactions to each other's behaviour with a heightened significance. This is a truism which the present study is designed to illustrate. The ultimate object of this work is, through an examination of what 1 See below, Ch. II, pp. 16-17 and notes.
I. The Background.- II. A New Reign and a New War 1702.- III. The High Tory Menace 1703-4.- IV. The Alliance Holds Firm 1704-5.- V. The Problem of Peace 1706.- VI. Official Anxiety and Public Apathy 1707-8.- VII. The Fateful Bargain 1709.- VIII. The Tory Victory 1710.- IX. The Double Game of the Oxford Ministry 1710-11.- X. The Campaig...
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Title:The Conduct of the Dutch: British Opinion and the Dutch Alliance During the War of the Spanish Succ...Format:PaperbackDimensions:9.61 X 6.69 X 0 inPublished:January 1, 1958Publisher:Springer NetherlandsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:9401503591

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