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.

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         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!

Westphalia's peace ventures brought us into a new era of European relations. Sort of. One thing 1648 did do was bring about peace between Spain and the Dutch, with result that England (the Commonwealth of the British Isles) became suddenly important.

Westphalia's peace ventures brought us into a new era of European relations. Sort of. One thing 1648 did do was bring about peace between Spain and the Dutch, with result that England (the Commonwealth of the British Isles) became suddenly important.

        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.

The Dutch trade routes in the mid-17th century demonstrate the incredible extent of Dutch economic predominance, which truly has to be seen to be believed/imagined. Courtesy: http://wps.ablongman.com/wps/media/objects/419/429222/thumbs/ch20_378.html

The Dutch trade routes in the mid-17th century demonstrate the incredible extent of Dutch economic predominance, which truly has to be seen to be believed/imagined. Courtesy: http://wps.ablongman.com/wps/media/objects/419/429222/thumbs/ch20_378.html

     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!

The battle of Livorno, March 1653 was one of the many occasions when English and Dutch guns involved other powers, this time the Grand Duke of Tuscany got a look in, and he was not well pleased. Courtesy: http://thedutchgoldenage.nl/wars%20and%20battles/the%20dutch%20and%20the%20sea/first%20anglo-dutch%20war.html

The battle of Livorno, March 1653 was one of the many occasions when English and Dutch guns involved other powers, this time the Grand Duke of Tuscany got a look in, and he was not well pleased. Courtesy: http://thedutchgoldenage.nl/wars%20and%20battles/the%20dutch%20and%20the%20sea/first%20anglo-dutch%20war.html

        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!

"Why of course Mr Cromwell, please protect us" - The Rump, 1654. I'm sort of paraphrasing...ish.

"Why of course Mr Cromwell, please protect us" - The Rump, 1654. I'm sort of paraphrasing...ish.