Book Review-‘Trading in War: London’s maritime world in the age of Cook and Nelson’ by M. Lincoln

By Isaac Land, published October 2020


Trading in War examines the social and cultural history of the maritime districts of London, on both the north and south banks of the Thames, from the Seven Years War era through the Napoleonic Wars. It is aimed at a general readership, rather than a specialized academic audience, integrating and abridging what we know from many sources into a single portrait, but it also presents the fruits of some of the author’s own archival research. Readers familiar with the voyages of exploration and the long struggle against France will learn more about how these ambitious enterprises looked from the viewpoint of people who rarely, or never, left shore themselves, but whose lives and labour were closely interwoven with waterborne activity. Margarette Lincoln lovingly reconstructs the sights, smells, and sounds of the riverfront and dockyard areas. While this book certainly takes time to consider the human toll of the major displacements imposed by war and empire, its most original contribution is its reappraisal of the parishes of the maritime East End as not an especially exotic, debauched, or radical place, but rather as another set of London neighbourhoods dominated by the middling sort…

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Filed under: Nelson | James Cook | Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (Eighteenth C)
Subjects include: Logistics

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