The First Anglo-Dutch War erupted in 1652 in an era when Dutch naval power seemed assured, and Oliver Cromwell's Republic was the pariah of Europe. By its end much had changed, and the experience here would shape how British and Dutch statesmen viewed their significant neighbour for the next half century. As far as the second half of the 17th century goes, this war is essentially the starting line, since all subsequent wars spin off from it in some way. It is a critical listen if you want to understand the balance of power over the next fifty years, and it only makes the conflicts that occurred therein all the more fascinating to learn about.
WDF 26.2: The First Anglo-Dutch War I
This is our first episode, wherein we delve into the post-Westphalian Age with a relative vengeance. The Dutch Republic and the Commonwealth: two powers with so much in common - could any relationship be more perfect? Let's have a union surely! No, what do you mean no?! War it is then!
WDF 26.4: The First Anglo-Dutch War II
What kind of competition existed between the English and Dutch in the mid-17th century? Here we examine the ins and outs of Anglo-Dutch rivalry, and whether there was in fact fertile ground for cooperation as many in both republics hoped.
WDF 26.6: The First Anglo-Dutch War III
There would not be peace. Predictable as this may have been, what you may be surprised by is how the war initially went. The Dutch - stalwart of naval trade and apparently warfare - faced down the supposedly beleaguered republic across the Channel. Within this episode exist the opening the salvos of the war, and how both sides viewed their chances. Check it out!
WDF 26.8: The First Anglo-Dutch War IV
The final stages of the war were a terrible experience for the Dutch. Into this desperate situation stepped an unexpected figure - Oliver Cromwell, and he had an offer for the Dutch that they couldn't refuse! Also, see how a wild Johan de Witt appears!