Social, cultural and religious conflicts roiled the cauldron of politics in the 17th century. When a leader lost an election one month, he might lose a vital organ the next. Energetic partisans altered more than one national destiny with elective surgery on the body politic…and, that was only domestic political violence. Emerging European empires raised the level of international violence worldwide. The Short-Docs here explore the turbulent politics of the 17th century and how they changed our world.

Gijs Rommelse on The Treaty of Westminster
Gijs Rommelse, Professor at the Netherlands Institute of Military History, explains the stipulations of the Treaty of Westminster (1654), the peace treaty which ended the First Anglo-Dutch War.


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