The Dutch Navy of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries

BookThe Dutch Navy of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries

The Dutch Navy of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries

Research in Maritime History, 45


October 18th, 2017

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This book is a reprint of Jaap R. Bruijn’s 1993 book, The Dutch Navy, which offers an English-language overview of the history of the Dutch Navy in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. It is divided into three chronological periods: the ‘old’, ‘new’, and ‘second-rate’ navy. Rather than presenting a history of naval conflict, this volume approaches Dutch naval history from the following four angles: operations, administration, officer duties, and sailor duties. It consists of a series foreword, a new introduction detailing recent developments in naval historiography, the original introduction providing a history of Dutch maritime history from the middle ages to the beginning of the seventeenth century, a conclusion, and a bibliography and index. It explores the astounding amount of naval power belonging to such a sparsely populated nation, plus the rapid rates of success and decline. It confirms that the Dutch navy - with its logic, innovation, and missteps alike - provides an excellent case study of both the development of European bureaucracy and armed forces in the Early Modern period.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Title Page3
Copyright Page4
Table of Contents7
Series Editor's Foreword13
About the Author15
Introduction to the 2011 Edition17
Map of the Dutch Republic37
Map of Dutch Naval Activity in European Waters38
Part One: The "Old" Navy, Late 1500s-165239
Naval Operations against Spain and the Dunkirk Privateers41
The Boards of the Admiralties at Work51
The Slow Birth of a Naval Officers' Corps61
Truly International Crews74
Part Two: The "New" Navy, 1652-171383
The "Old" Navy Out of Date85
John de Witt's New Navy90
An Era of Naval Campaigns against England and France and in the Baltic97
Changes in the Naval Administration111
De Ruyter and the Other Naval Officers122
Well-manned Ships150
Part Three: A Second-Rate Navy, 1714-1795163
Convoys and the Containment of the Barbary Corsairs165
Favouritism and Innovation177
Little Work, But More Education for the Naval Officer189
Naval Seaman, A Poor Man's Job206
In Retrospect227