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Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea - 87 edition

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea - 87 edition

ISBN13: 9780521457200

ISBN10: 0521457203

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by Marcus Rediker - ISBN 9780521457200
Edition: 87
Copyright: 1987
Publisher: Canto
Published: 1987
International: No
Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by Marcus Rediker - ISBN 9780521457200

ISBN13: 9780521457200

ISBN10: 0521457203

Edition: 87

Summary

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 labor, 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 that were intimately bound up with the everyday lives of common seafaring men.