‘Breaching neutrality’: English prize-taking and Swedish neutrality in the First Anglo-Dutch War, 1651-1654

Steven Watt Murdoch

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Abstract

This article considers the impact of English seizure of neutral Swedish vessels during the First Anglo-Dutch War. These actions were undertaken at a time when no bi-lateral diplomatic treaty existed between the two nations and thus the legal basis for such prize-taking was hotly disputed on both sides. Through an examination of extant sources in both England and Sweden, the article scrutinises a number of case studies in a period where the concept of any meaningful international maritime law remained primitive. It concludes with a review of the diplomatic machinations which sought to recover ships, goods or compensation in the years following the conclusion of the war.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)134-147
JournalMariner's Mirror
Volume105
Issue number2
Early online date1 Apr 2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2019

Keywords

  • Maritime law
  • Naval history
  • English history
  • Swedish history
  • Maritime history
  • Early Modern history

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