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

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

by Marcus Rediker (Author)

Synopsis

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea focuses upon the seamen's experience in order to illuminate larger historical issues such as the rise of capitalism, the genesis of free wage labor, and the growth of an international working class. These epic themes were intimately bound up with the everyday hopes and fears of the common men who toiled upon the deep.

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Format: Illustrated
Pages: 340
Edition: Illustrated
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Published: 24 Feb 1989

ISBN 10: 0521379830
ISBN 13: 9780521379830
Book Overview: Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea focuses upon the seamen's experience in order to illuminate larger historical issues.

Media Reviews
'In this important book, Marcus Rediker imbeds rich empirical research within an impressive theoretical framework. The result is a fresh and powerful analysis of the eighteenth-century maritime world that will quickly establish the author as a leading scholar in Anglo-American labor history.' Gary Nash, University of California, Los Angeles
'Marcus Rediker's in-depth study of seamen in the early eighteenth century tells us a great deal not only about the shipping industry but also about the rise of capitalist relations in general in England, for which the industry may have been a more important forcing house than has previously been realised. No one interested in the history of the eighteenth century can afford to ignore this book.' Christopher Hill
...an excellent up-from-the-lower deck study of deepwater sailors in the eighteenth century...the best working-class history I've read in years. Robert Schaeffer, In These Times
...No one interested in the history of the 18th century can afford to ignore this book. Christopher Hill
...A fresh and powerful analysis of the 18th century maritime world. Gary Nash
...the style is lucid, the tone is assured, the documentation professional and economical. And the book is brought to a triumphant conclusion with two superb chapters on the seaman as the 'Spirit of Rebellion' and as a pirate...What distinguishes Rediker's work is his unwavering and unsentimental focus on the seaman's labour and experience in his cramped wooden world. E.P. Thompson, The Guardian
...a book that undoubtedly will have an enduring value. Every student of early eighteenth-century maritime affairs should read Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea. John D. Byrn, Jr., The Eighteenth Century
...luminous study of a neglected segment of colonial society. Robert M. Calhoon, Historical Journal of Massachusetts