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Between the devil and the deep blue sea : merchant seamen, pirates, and the Anglo-American maritime world, 1700-1750

Author: Marcus Rediker
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1987.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The author "re-creates life along the waterfront, where seafaring men from around the world crowded into sailor town, with its brothels, alehouses, and street brawls, and the city jail" and the "larger historical issues such as the rise of capitalism, the genesis of free wage labor, and the growth of an international working class."--Jacket. Includes several mentions of Charleston, South Carolina.
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Marcus Rediker
ISBN: 0521303427 9780521303422 9780521379830 0521379830
OCLC Number: 15318069
Description: xv, 322 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: 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. Age distribution among deep-sea sailors, 1700-1750 --
English trade, 1650-1750 --
Wages in the merchant shipping industry, 1700-1750 --
Literacy in the merchant shipping industry, 1700-1750 --
Mutiny at sea, 1700-1750 --
The Courts of Admiralty and their records.
Responsibility: Marcus Rediker.
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