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This engaging encyclopedia profiles the lives and times of the most colorful buccaneers from the mid-17th to early 18th centuries. This unique A-Z reference work includes stories of prominent and lesser-known individuals, battles, weapons, ships, fleets, and more. Each entry includes hard to find facts on events that took place on the high seas and in the ports, cities, and settlements of the New World. Cross-references link related entries, and a bibliography directs readers to additional sources of information. Cross references link related entries A bibliography directs readers to additional sources of information
The focus of this volume is the rise and fall of the Indian maritime merchant in the early modern period: the heyday of Moghul Surat, the appearance of a group of independent merchant shipowners, and their eclipse at the end of the period in the face of European competition and monopolies. Much of the evidence for the activity of these Indian merchants comes from the records of the Dutch and English East India Companies, as well as the papers of English private merchants, and this is carefully assessed by Professor Das Gupta in these articles. He is also concerned to set the picture thus gained in the context of the trade of the Indian Ocean region as a whole, and to relate it to the questions of continuity and change raised by Van Leur.
The Royal Dockyards were Britain's oldest state enterprise and biggest and most complex industrial unit. This book shows how the Admiralty over two centuries struggled to master the intractable problems of organization and management which the dockyards presented. Haas maintains that the dockyards portrayed an image of being inefficient, high-cost producers. These problems were chiefly extreme centralization but, paradoxically, weak control, inadequate coordination of departments, and accounting procedures, unreliable information about production, costs and material, an insufficiently educated and professionalized constructive corps, and an underpaid and slack workforce. Contents: Preface; Introduction; The Eighteenth Century: Running in Place; Tinkering with the System, 1793-1815; Lightening Ship, 1815-1834; Winds of Change, 1834-1854; Under Seige, 1854-1868; Revolution and Counterrevolution, 1868-1885; The Watershed, 1885-1900; A New Century and New Ideas, 1900-1914; Conclusion; Notes; Bibliography; Index.
Captain Bligh and the mutiny on the Bounty have become proverbial in their capacity to evoke the extravagant and violent abuse of power. But William Bligh was one of the least violent disciplinarians in the British navy. It is this paradox which inspired Greg Dening to ask why the mutiny took place. His book explores the theatrical nature of what was enacted in the power-play on deck, on the beaches at Tahiti and in the murderous settlement at Pitcairn, on the altar stones and temples of sacrifice, and on the catheads from which men were hanged. Part of the key lies in the curious puzzle of Mr Bligh's bad language.
Piracy and the English Government, 1616-1642, explodes the myth that England was 'a nation of pirates', arguing that the English people were far more often victims of piracy. The costs to the economy and society resulting from piracy, which are critically examined here for the first time, reveal that not only were hundreds of English ships lost to pirates in the period, but an astonishing number of men, women and children (approximately 8,000) were carried away to Barbary by pirates and sold into slavery. The response of the government to these losses, which posed significant political problems for the early Stuart government, are explored and related to broader political concerns and influences.
Part of the Conway's Ship Types series, this volume deals with the introduction of steam power into naval warfare in the form of paddle propulsion, and is based upon the huge collection of plans housed at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich.
In the third year of the French Revolution the National Assembly sent the d'Entrecasteaux expedition to the Pacific to search for the missing explorer La Perouse. Like the nation itself the expedition was divided by politics; there were both republicans and monarchists aboard. And besides servicemen there were civilians-the naturalists, whose interests often cut across those of mariners. The archives of the expedition, which include a wealth of candid and amusing private journals, reveal how d'Entrecasteaux, despite tensions that strained personal friendships, commanded enough respect to keep the expedition operational. Though it found no trace of La Perouse it made valuable discoveries in geography, botany and anthropology. The voyage, however, ended at Sourabaya in irreversible division with d'Entrecasteaux dead, the arch-monarchist d Auribeau in command and the French receiving after two years their first news from home of regicide, terror and war. The narrative concludes by tracing the adventurous paths taken by survivors to reach home, and the stratagems they used to save the records of the expedition.
Colorful, cunning, and beholden to no man, pirates have always fascinated us. This book is about some of those sea outlaws -- the pirates and privateers who infested the Caribbean for over three centuries, constituting one of the most fascinating chapters in a three-thousand-year saga of piracy. A select bibliography and index are included.
William Bligh was one of the least physically violent disciplinarians in the British Navy, why, then, did he have a mutiny? Mr Bligh's Bad Language is a study of the mutiny on the Bounty, and its role in society and culture. Greg Dening draws on a wide range of influences, including modern cinematic portrayals.