Maritime Conflict Management in Atlantic Europe, 1200-1600


Piracy has returned to the list of urgent problems facing Europe in the last decade. Global shipping has literally been held hostage to bands of pirates around the Horn of Africa and the waters of West-Africa. Yet prosecuting piracy is complicated by overlapping jurisdictions and complicated mechanisms for enforcing international law. What can we learn from how maritime conflicts were managed in the past?
Maritime Conflict Management (MCM) comprises of conflict enforcement (naval warfare, privateering, piracy and blockades), conflict resolution (formal judicial and administrative procedures and informal or private means) and conflict avoidance (negotiations). What significance did MCM have in shaping the standards of diplomacy and international law in pre-modern Atlantic Europe (1200-1600)?
The goal of this program is to create an international platform for the study of the methodological problems linked to an analysis of the various manifestations of MCM in pre-modern Atlantic Europe. Attention will be given primarily to the ways in which MCM changes and adapts when existing traditions collide with new political and economic realities. Set against the background of changing political and commercial settings, the central questions of this program revolve around the necessity of commercial interdependence on the one hand and the shifts in the interests of states, regions, and towns on the other. The study of these dynamics will clarify the continuities and changes in MCM along Europe’s Atlantic coast. The ways in which Atlantic MCM was similar – or not – to both Mediterranean and Baltic conflict management is a key element.


Wetenschappelijk artikel

Hoofdstuk in boek

  • P. Bauduin, D. Bates, L. Jean-Marie(2016): 911-2011. Penser les mondes normands médiévaux. Actes du colloque de Cerisy-la-Salle (29 septembre-2 octobre 2011) publiés sous la direction de David Bates et Pierre Bauduin. pp. 475 - 492 , Caen
  • M. Bochaca, F. Miranda, - GIS d'histoire maritime, J. Solórzano, A. Aguiar Andrade, M. Kowaleski, M. Tranchant, E. Aznar, F. Laget, B. Arízaga, L. Jean-Marie, M. Limberger(2016): La maritimisation du monde de la Préhistoire à nos jours pp. 29 - 50 , Paris
  • B. Arízaga Bolumburu, M. Bochaca, J.A. Solórzano Telechea, G.M. da Silva(2016): Las sociedades portuarias de la Europa Atlántica en la Edad Media pp. 115 - 135 , Logroño
  • P. Delsalle, B. Schnerb, L.H.J. Sicking, G. Docquier, A. Marchandisse(2017): Pour la singulière affection qu'avons à luy: études offertes à Jean‐Marie Cauchies pp. 405 - 416 , Turnhout
  • J. Wubs-Mrozewicz, A. Neele, L.H.J. Sicking, W.P. Blockmans, M. Krom(2017): Routledge Handbook of Maritime Networks, 1300-1600 pp. 366 - 382 , Abingdon/New York
  • C. Buchet, L.H.J. Sicking(2017): The sea in history: the early modern world pp. 455 - 465 , Suffolk
  • M.M. Krom, J. Wubs-Mrozewicz, W.P. Blockmans, A. Aguiar Andrade, F. Miranda(2017): The Routledge Handbook of Maritime Trade Around Europe, 1300-1600: Commercial Networks and Urban Autonomy pp. 333 - 351 , Abingdon / New York

Boek of monografie

  • L.H.J. Sicking(2017): El almirantazgo y la armada de los Países Bajos durante los reinados de Felipe I y Carlos V pp. 750 , Santander






Prof. dr. L.H.J. Sicking

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Universiteit Leiden, Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen, Leiden University Institute for History


01/09/2016 tot 31/08/2019