The Social History of English Seamen, 1650-1815
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278 Pages

23.4 x 15.6 cm

3 line. Illustrations

Imprint: Boydell Press

The Social History of English Seamen, 1650-1815

Edited by Cheryl Fury

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A survey of a wide range of new research on many aspects of life at sea in the early modern period.
Maritime social history is a relatively young and fertile field, with many new research findings being discovered on a wide range of aspects of the subject. This book, together with its companion volume The Social History of English Seamen, 1485-1649 (The Boydell Press, 2011), pulls together and makes accessible this large body of research work. Subjects covered include life at sea in different parts of the period for both officers and seamen, in both the navy and in merchant ships; piracy and privateering; health, health care and disability; seamen's food; homosexuality afloat; and the role of women at sea and on land. Written by leading experts in their field, the volumesoffer a nuanced portrait of seafarers' existence as well as an overview of the current state of the historiography.

CHERYL A. FURY is Professor of History at the University of New Brunswick (Saint John campus) and a Fellow of the Gregg Centre for War and Society.

Contributors: J.D. ALSOP, JOHN APPLEBY, JEREMY BLACK, B. R. BURG, BERNARD CAPP, PETER EARLE, CHERYL A. FURY, MARGARETTE LINCOLN, DAVID MCLEAN, N. A. M. RODGER, DAVID STARKEY
Introduction - Cheryl A. Fury
The Development of Sea Power, 1649-1815 - Cheryl A. Fury and Jeremy Black
Naval Seamen, 1650-1700 - Bernard Capp
Officers and Men of the Navy, 1660-1815 - N.A. M. Rodger
The Impact of Warfare on Naval Wives and Women - Margarette Lincoln
Officers, Shipboard Boys and Courts Martial for Sodomy and Indecency in the Georgian Navy - B.R. Burg
Health Provision in the Royal Navy, 1650-1815 - David McLean
The Origins and Careers of English Merchant Seamen in the late 17th and early 18th Centuries - Peter Earle
Private Enterprise, Public Policy and the Development of Britain's Seafaring Workforce, 1650-1815 - David J Starkey
Jack Tar's Food: Masculine Self-fashioning in the Age of Sail - J.D. Alsop
Pirates, Privateers and Buccaneers: the Changing Face of English Piracy from the 1650s to the 1720s - John C. Appleby
Conclusion - Cheryl A. Fury
Bibliography
"This collection, together with the first installment, would make an excellent set of readings for a course on British sailors in the years between the founding of the English navy through its climb toward the height of power as the British Navy. . . . Black and Fury's introductory overview, Starkey's workforce analysis, and Appleby's contribution to piracy in this volume are compelling, and informative pieces, reason enough to have a copy." THE NORTHERN MARINER
"A truly illuminating and satisfying work on the experience of Jack Tar over the centuries." JULIAN STOCKWIN

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Title Details

278 Pages

2.34 x 1.56 cm

3 line. Illustrations

Imprint: Boydell Press