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 The common seaman and the pirate in the age of sail are romantic historical figures who occupy a special place in the popular culture of the modern age And yet in many ways these daring men remain li
  • Title: Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea: Merchant Seamen, Pirates and the Anglo-American Maritime World, 1700-1750
  • Author: Marcus Rediker
  • ISBN: 9780521379830
  • Page: 311
  • Format: Paperback
  • The common seaman and the pirate in the age of sail are romantic historical figures who occupy a special place in the popular culture of the modern age And yet in many ways, these daring men remain little known to us Like most other poor working people of the past, they left few first hand accounts of their lives But their lives are not beyond recovery In this book, MaThe common seaman and the pirate in the age of sail are romantic historical figures who occupy a special place in the popular culture of the modern age And yet in many ways, these daring men remain little known to us Like most other poor working people of the past, they left few first hand accounts of their lives But their lives are not beyond recovery In this book, Marcus Rediker uses a huge array of historical sources court records, diaries, travel accounts, and many others to reconstruct the social cultural world of the Anglo American seamen and pirates who sailed the seas in the first half of the eighteenth century Rediker tours the sailor s North Atlantic, following seamen and their ships along the pulsing routes of trade and into rowdy port towns He recreates life along the waterfront, where seafaring men from around the world crowded into the sailortown and its brothels, alehouses, street brawls, and city jail His study explores the natural terror that inevitably shaped the existence of those who plied the forbidding oceans of the globe in small, brittle wooden vessels It also treats the man made terror the harsh discipline, brutal floggings, and grisly hangings that was a central fact of life at sea Rediker surveys the commonplaces of the maritime world the monotonous rounds of daily labor, the negotiations of wage contracts, and the bawdy singing, dancing, and tale telling that were a part of every voyage He also analyzes the dramatic moments of the sailor s existence, as Jack Tar battled wind and water during a slashing storm, as he stood by his brother tars in a mutiny or a stike, and as he risked his neck by joining a band of outlaws beneath the Jolly Roger, the notorious pirate flag Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea focuses upon the seaman s experience in order to illuminate larger historical issues such as the rise of capitalism, the genesis the free wage labor, and the growth of an international working class These epic themes were intimately bound up with everyday hopes and fears of the common seamen.
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    1. I was born in Owensboro, Kentucky, in 1951, to Buford and Faye Rediker, the first of their two sons I come from a working class family, with roots in the mines and factories of Kentucky, Tennessee, and Virginia I grew up in Nashville and Richmond I attended Vanderbilt University, dropped out of school and worked in a factory for three years, and graduated with a B.A from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1976 I went to the University of Pennsylvania for graduate study, earning an M.A and Ph.D in history.I taught at Georgetown University from 1982 to 1994, lived in Moscow for a year 1984 5 , and am currently Professor and Chair in the Department of History at the University of Pittsburgh.I have, over the years, been active in a variety of social justice and peace movements, most recently in the worldwide campaign to abolish the death penalty.I am, by ancestry, Welsh, Scottish, Dutch, and Cherokee I am, by upbringing, a Southerner I am, by generation, of the New Left I am, by choice, a citizen of the world.I have written or co written five books Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea 1987 , Who Built America 1989 , volume one The Many Headed Hydra 2000 , Villains of All Nations 2004 and The Slave Ship A Human History 2007 It has been my good fortune to lecture throughout the United States and abroad, in London, Paris, Amsterdam, Milan, Moscow, Sydney, and Tokyo to have my writings translated into French, German, Greek, Italian, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Swedish and to hold fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the National Endowment of the Humanities, and the Andrew P Mellon Foundation It has been my much greater good fortune to be married to Wendy Z Goldman, a professor of Russian Soviet history at Carnegie Mellon University We have two children, Zeke and Eva, and a bulldog, Jellybean.

    2. Really interesting book that takes a unique tack on 18th century sailors So many representations of sailors focus on captains Here s a well researched book determined to focus on the drones and drudges that made up the huge majority of seafaring men An important perspective on how sailors fit into and diverged from the larger colonial working class.

    3. In Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, historian Marcus Rediker argues that the wooden world of the common 18th century merchant seamen, Jack Tar, closely resembled an industrial factory than a workshop 200 As a result, seamen serve as an example of one of the earliest free wage workers whose life was fully subordinated to his labor The harsh realities of life at sea, explains Rediker, left little room for belief in the dignity of labor 295 Although Rediker spends a great deal of time disc [...]

    4. Love it Great demolition job on all the stereotypes and archetypes of pirates Anecdotes are marvelous as well as the placement of piracy and such in its historical place These things historical oddities happen for a reason and if we study reality as it was, rather than as we may like to think it was, we get a better sense of WHY such things happen Well worth finding it online or in a second hand store

    5. Predating The Slave Ship by two decades, Between the Devil is a useful source for charting the historiographical themes of Rediker s critique of capitalism in the Atlantic trade with the strong and consistent emphasis on class struggle and power The basis for many of Rediker s overarching ideas in The Slave Ship are stated plainly here, years before, such as when Rediker stated,

    6. I had to read this for school I love History, I wanted to be Marcus Rediker when I grew up when I was in school sigh Back when I was going to do History for a job Very readable, wasn t torture like so many other required readings.

    7. Marxist claptrap beyond the usual liberal academic extreme Rediker s Pirates of the Caribbean as a working class prototypical labor union is a caricature almost as amusing and ridiculous as Disney s Pirates of the Caribbean.

    8. There s a lot of good information in this, but, man, Rediker s socialism is really showing in this one Much less readable than Villians of All Nations.

    9. A very interesting history of the maritime world of the period Rediker gives great attention to even the seemingly mundane details A fascinating read.

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