Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea Merchant Seamen, Pirates and the Anglo-American Maritime World, 1700-1750

ISBN-10: 0521457203
ISBN-13: 9780521457200
Edition: 2nd 1987
Authors: Marcus Rediker
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Description: Seamen, captains and pirates occupy a special place in our popular culture, yet until now the historical record of their lives has been remarkably neglected. This brilliant account of the maritime world of the eighteenth-century reconstructs in  More...

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Book details

List price: $18.99
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 1987
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 6/25/1993
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 340
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Seamen, captains and pirates occupy a special place in our popular culture, yet until now the historical record of their lives has been remarkably neglected. This brilliant account of the maritime world of the eighteenth-century reconstructs in detail the social and cultural milieu of Anglo-American seafaring and piracy. Rediker follows sailors and their ships along the pulsing trade routes, into ports with their crowded waterfront society of brothels, alehouses, brawls and jails, and paints a compelling picture of their world at sea with its brutal labour, harsh discipline, hangings and floggings. The book's focus on maritime experience illuminates the broader historical sweep of the rise of capitalism and the growth of an international working class - epic themes which were intimately bound up with everyday lives of seafaring men.

List of illustrations
Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
Introduction
The seaman as man of the world: a tour of the North Atlantic, c. 1740
The seaman as collective worker: the labor process at sea
The seaman as wage laborer: the search for ready money
The seaman as plain dealer: language and culture at sea
The seaman as the 'spirit of rebellion': authority, violence, and labor discipline
The seaman as pirate: plunder and social banditry at sea
Conclusion: the seaman as worker of the world
Appendices
Index

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