Louis H.J. Sicking, DEA (1990) Histoire d'outre-mer, University of the Provence (Aix), Ph.D. (1996) in History, University of Leiden, is Lecturer and postdoctoral Fellow in History at the University of Leiden. He has published mainly on the history of the Netherlands, on maritime history and on the history of European Expansion.
All those interested in political, institutional, economic and maritime history, the history of the Netherlands and Belgium, the history of the Habsburg empire, the history of naval warfare and the history of prize law.
"...a solid account of the Habsburg foundations on which the Dutch Admiralties were able to build."
James D. Tracy, Bijdragen en Mededlingen betreffende de Geschiedenis der Nederlanden, 2005.
"...nicht allein für diejenigen Historiker interessant, die sich mit der Geschichte der Seekriegsführung beschäftigen, sondern auch für diejenigen, die sich mit Prozessen der Staatsbildung befassen."
M. van Tielhof, Hansische Geschichtsblätter, 2005.
"…a major contribution to historical study…a distinguished demonstration of scholarship and a major contribution to the field of maritime history…"
John B. Hattendorf, International Journal of Maritime History.
"…important contribution to early modern maritime history…Highly recommended."
G.D. Homan, Choice, 2005.
"...fine work with a strong case for the lasting influence of Hapsburg policies in giving the Netherlands a wider worldview... this work is a real asset. It covers with meticulous care the diverse influences that created one of the great maritime powers in Europe...very successful in blending military concerns with those of general public policy and process."
Charlie R. Steen, Renaissance Quarterly, Vol. LVIII, No. 2, 2005.
Table of contents
Notes on conventions
List of Plates and Maps
List of Tables and Figures
1. Chronological and geographical limits
3. Sources: une mer à boire
4. Points of departure
Chapter One The seabound Netherlands
1. Flanders: origin of Admiralty
2. Holland: maritime power in Western Europe
3. Zeeland: power base of the Lords of Veere
Chapter Two Ordinances and admirals
1. The Ordinance on the Admiralty of 1488
2. Admirals and vice-admirals, 1488–1558
3. Holland’s attack on the Admiralty
4. The Ordinance on the Admiralty of 1540
Chapter Three Defence of the fisheries
1. Fishery: proportions and changes
2. Defence of Flanders’ fishery, 1488–1547
3. Defence of Holland’s fishery, 1488–1547
4. Defence of Zeeland’s fishery, 1488–1547
5. Cooperation between the provinces, 1547–1558
Chapter Four Commerce and dynasty
1. The route to the East: the offensive solution
2. The route to the West: the defensive solution
3. Protection of the routes to the East and to the
West in 1557
Chapter Five Strategy and dynasty
1. The Zuider Zee
2. Coastal defence
3. Passage between the Netherlands and Spain
4. England as a base and ally
5. Strategy and honour
Chapter Six Towards a permanent war fleet
1. Organisation and finance
2. The war fleet
3. The crew
4. Veere: naval base of the Habsburg Netherlands
Chapter Seven Privateering and Admiralty
3. Order and discipline