The Dutch in the Medway, 1667
Anglo-Dutch rivalry in its global context
The University of Kent at Medway and The Historic Dockyard Chatham
30 June - 2 July 2017
An international conference at Chatham Dockyard commemorating the 350th anniversary of the Dutch attack of June 1667. The attack brought a speedy conclusion to the Second Anglo-Dutch War which marked the height of the naval struggle between England and the Netherlands from 1652-1674. Commercial and imperial rivalries lay at the heart of this struggle in the North Sea, the Atlantic and Asia, but the interplay of political, ideological and institutional differences was equally important. At a time when Britain's relationship with Europe is undergoing seismic and perhaps unpredictable change, the resolution of conflict and the resumption of new forms of cultural and economic co-operation between two historic allies surely deserve our renewed attention.