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His first study, on the Dutch settlements along the Coromandel coast, appeared as early as I9II; and yet the Dutch factories on the Indian coast were quite inadequately dealt with in the wellknown handbook of colonial history published in 1925 by Colenbrander, then professor of that subject at Leiden University, who dispatched the history of these settlements in a most offhand manner, as the defunct history of regions no longer of the slightest significance for the history of the Netherlands. 2 This very shortsighted attitude was undoubtedly due to the fact that colonial history was not taught at the University for its own sake, but only as part of the syllabus of studies for the East Indian Civil Service, of which the oldest centre was in Leiden and the later, more conservative one in Utrecht.
The new fleet represented a direct challenge to English claims to sovereignty over the seas, and a potential threat to English security. Charles's attitude was inconsistent. Rejecting as insufficient Dutch offers of concessions on the salute, he acquiesced in the French refusals to acknowledge English rights. More serious, Charles failed to persist with diplomatic attempts to limit French naval strength. 3 Buckingham's claim, when questioned by the Commons, that Louis accepted English naval supremacy, was disproved by French naval strength, which threatened the plantations and Mediterranean trade, and might even 1 There is a significant contrast between the opportunism of Clifford and the systematic work of Downing, both in their comments and action on foreign policy and in their conduct at the Treasury, the former as commissioner and later Lord Treasurer, the latter as secretary.
ENGLISH ATTITUDES TO EUROPE fmancial basis, was largely opportunist. 1 The Court, while professing to follow long-term and national policies, had no choice but to take short-term views and short cuts. In 1672, as in 1665, an attack on the returning Smyrna convoy preceded the declaration of war. Victory was to be exploited by exacting a large indemnity. In both wars close blockades were abandoned for unsuccessful attempts to intercept East Indiamen. After the failures of the second war the Court proposed to recoup its losses by an attack on defenceless Hamburg, although English trade with Hamburg was particularly favourable and profitable.