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Naval warfare
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1. 15th–17th centuries

In the early modern period, conflict at sea involved competition for control of the approaches to commercial centers, projection of armed force, and acquiring wealth through violence. This involved attacking opponents and defending one’s own interests. From the 16th century, the emphasis evolved from raiding and private conflicts to a state-centered monopoly over war at sea with a parallel growth in technolog…

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Hattendorf, John and “Naval warfare”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 23 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_027338>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200128

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