La Naissance d’une thalassocratie - Les Pays-Bas et la mer à l’aube du siècle d’or

La naissance d’une thalassocratie considers the contribution of the Burgundian and Habsburg Netherlands to the rise of the Dutch Republic as a maritime power. In Braudelian fashion, its chapters follow three lines of research. The first part focuses on the long term or ‘temps structurel’ and considers geographical and infrastructural developments of port towns.
The second part looks into the mid-term or ‘temps conjoncturel’ (social and economic developments) taking into account maritime commerce, fisheries and maritime risk management. The third part deals with the short term or ‘temps événementiel’ (political developments) and includes chapters on military transports at sea, the unstable development of admiralties and the Dutch Revolt at sea.


Over the past twenty years Louis Sicking has given conference papers and was a visiting scholar and guest lecturer at a number of universities in France, Belgium, Spain, the US, the UK, and Scandinavia. The resulting articles have now been collected into a comprehensive publication which offers new insights in the maritime history of the Low Countries in the 15th and 16th centuries, including a maritime perspective on the Dutch Revolt.

While crossing the established boundaries of Dutch and Belgian historiographies, the book not only offers an unfamiliar maritime perspective, it also proposes a new and refreshing look at the origin of the Dutch Republic.

20 October 2015 lecture and book launch

The author will give a lecture titled ‘Les anciens Pays-Bas, les Provinces-Unies et la mer’ at the ‘séminaire d’histoire maritime’ at the Vieille Sorbonne, on Tuesday 20 October, 5-7pm.

Afterwards drinks will be offered at the offices of the publisher (PUPS) at 8, Rue Danton. The Netherlands ambassador to France, his Excellency Ed Kronenburg, will be present to receive the first copy.

La Naissance d’une thalassocatie has been published in the ‘Collection d’histoire maritime’ by the Presses de l’université Paris-Sorbonne (PUPS). Founded in 1470 it is the oldest press in France.

La Naissance d’une thalassocatie on the website of Presses de l’université Paris-Sorbonne.

Personal page prof.dr. Louis Sicking.


Last Modified: 09-10-2015