This study of the Anglo--Dutch Wars (1652-54, 1665-67, 1672-74) sets them in their naval, political and economic contexts. Competing essentially over trade, both governments were crucially influenced by mercantile interests and by the representative institutions that were central to England and the Dutch Republic. Professor Jones compares the effectiveness of the governments under pressure - English with Dutch, Commonwealth with restored monarchy, Republican with Orangist - and the effects on their economies; and examines the importance of the wars in accelerating the formation of a professional officer corps and establishing battle tactics that would endure throughout the age of sail.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction. 2. The Marine Background. 3. Material, Personnel and Administration. 4. War and the Dutch State.
5. War and the English State. 6. The First War 1652-4. 7. The Second War 1665-7. 8. The Third War 1672-4.
9.Conclusion. Select Bibliography
'Thought-provoking and informative this book will surely remain the standard study of its subject for years to come.' History 'There will be a warm welcome for this succinct, incisive and stimulating work'
William and Mary Quarterly
'This is a well-written and well-documented book that provides a useful concise overview of the subject. It will doubtless be welcomed by all readers interested in the Anglo-Dutch wars as well as by those concerned with naval history and naval warfare in general. The book should be especiallly welcome to teachers and students.'
The International Journal of Maritime History