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‘Our Triumph Of Holland’ War, Violence, And The Herring Fishery Of The Low Countries, C. 1400–1650

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This chapter aims to consider the developments of the herring fisheries in the three maritime provinces, Flanders, Zeeland and Holland, in a comparative perspective. It focuses on the influence of war and violence on the regional developments of the herring fishery. This is believed to be of crucial importance in explaining the shift of the main centre of the herring fishery from the south to the north of the Low Countries, and the later decline of the industry. The chapter discusses the developments of the fifteenth century, when three methods to protect the herring fishery against violent attacks came into being. It looks at the consequences of the Habsburg-Valois wars for the herring fishery. It then analyzes how the start and the subsequent phases of the so-called Dutch Revolt or Eighty Years' War (1568-1648) affected the Dutch fishery.

Keywords: Dutch Revolt; Flanders; Habsburg-Valois wars; herring fishery; Holland; low countries; violence; Zeeland



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