The Dutch Navy of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries

Edited by Jaap R. Bruijn

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ISBN: 9780986497353

Publication: January 1, 2011

Series: Research in Maritime History 45

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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.

Illustrations / iii Tables / v Series Editor's Foreword / vii About the Author / ix Introduction to the 2011 Edition / xi Foreword / xvii Preface / xix Introduction / 1 Map of the Dutch Republic / 11 Map of Dutch Naval Activity in European Waters / 12 Part One: The "Old" Navy, Late 1500s-1652 / 13 Naval Operations against Spain and the Dunkirk Privateers / 15 The Boards of the Admiralties at Work / 25 The Slow Birth of a Naval Officers? Corps / 35 Truly International Crews / 48 Part Two: The "New" Navy, 1652-1713 / 57 The "Old" Navy Out of Date / 59 John de Witt?s New Navy / 64 An Era of Naval Campaigns against England and France and in the Baltic / 71 Changes in the Naval Administration / 85 De Ruyter and the Other Naval Officers / 96 Well-manned Ships / 114 Part Three: A Second-Rate Navy, 1714-1795 / 127 Convoys and the Containment of the Barbary Corsairs / 129 Favouritism and Innovation / 141 Little Work, But More Education for the Naval Officer / 153 Naval Seaman, A Poor Man's Job / 170 Aftermath / 187 In Retrospect / 191 Bibliography / 195 Index / 209

Format: Paperback

Size: 230 x 150 mm

218 Pages

ISBN: 9780986497353

Publication: January 1, 2011

Series: Research in Maritime History 45

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