The 17th century set the course for naval strategy for the next two centuries. But naval strategy was more than just what the admirals did on water. It started with what the political leaders did to finance, build, and sustain a navy over long periods. Our naval experts in the Short Docs here explain both the battle tactics of the new national navies and how those navies were financed, built, and deployed.
Andrew Lambert on 17th Century Firepower
Andrew Lambert, author and Laughton Professor of Naval History at King's College in London, discusses 17th century firepower and describes contemporary naval warfare tactics.