Archive Results For: Indian Ocean

Book Review: ‘Squadron: Ending the African slave trade’ by Clifford J. Pereira

By Clifford J. Pereira

It is refreshing to read an abolitionary narrative that is not focused on the Atlantic, but instead on the much older and longer-lasting Indian Ocean trade in enslaved Africans. Author John Broich takes an interesting though challenging angle, preferring to anchor the narrative around four personalities: Leopold Heath, George Sulivan, Edward Meara and Philip Colomb. […] Read More

Filed under: Nineteenth Century | Other (Nineteenth C) | Indian Ocean
Subjects include: Miscellaneous | Navies

Book Review-‘Pearls, People, and Power: Pearling and Indian Ocean worlds’ by P. Machado, S. Mullins, and J. Christensen (eds)

By Markus Vink

Although the history of pearling goes back at least 7,000 years, it was not until the late eighteenth century that the fishery began to exert a stronger formative role through the interplay of local and regional political conditions and increasing engagement with the world’s markets and rising pearl prices. The transformative period of the global […] Read More

Filed under: Indian Ocean
Subjects include: Whaling & Fishing

Book Review – ‘The Royal Navy Lynx: An operational history’ by David Bowen

By David Bowen

The naval version of the Lynx helicopter operated by the Royal Navy has this year (1918) been withdrawn after 40 years of distinguished service. Moreover, it is ‘an aircraft that has never really had its praises sung’, so an account is not only timely but long overdue. One may ask why a book about an […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | English Channel | North Sea | Post WW2 | Indian Ocean | Twentieth Century
Subjects include: Miscellaneous | Naval Aviation

Book Review – ‘Sovereignty and the Sea: How Indonesia became an archipelagic state’ by James Goldrick

By James Goldrick

This is a very good book. It is a detailed study by two Australian historians of the development of Indonesia’s archipelagic regime concept, from the days of its inception to its formal acceptance into international law as part of the Third United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea 1982, UNCLOS III. The regime […] Read More

Filed under: Indian Ocean | Twentieth Century
Subjects include: Miscellaneous | Strategy & Diplomacy

Book Review – ‘The Sea in History: The modern world’ by Steven Gray

By Steven Gray

This tome forms a substantial finale to the four volume Sea in History series, a result of the huge Oceanides project. It is an 848-page behemoth, with a contributor list that reads like a who’s who of modern naval history, and indeed beyond the field. It is therefore appropriate that the volume is edited by a scholar as distinguished […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Baltic | English Channel | North Sea | Irish Sea | Mediterranean | Nineteenth Century | Indian Ocean | Caribbean | Pacific
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Manpower & Life at Sea | Merchant Marines | Miscellaneous | Navies | Strategy & Diplomacy

Book Review – ‘A Low Set of Blackguards: The East India Company and its maritime service 1600–1834, vol. 2, Triumph and Decline 1708–1834’ by A. B. McLeod

By A. B. McLeod

This second volume of the history of the East India Company is a tour de force from this experienced narrator (R Woodman) … it is a mammoth page-turner in which the reader is constantly drawn onwards by the unfolding dramas of the time and places revealed. Woodman’s text details the trials and tribulations of Company […] Read More

Filed under: Eighteenth Century | Nineteenth Century | Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (Eighteenth C) | Indian Ocean | East India Company
Subjects include: Manpower & Life at Sea | Merchant Marines | Shipbuilding & Design | Strategy & Diplomacy

Book Review – ‘Feeding Globalization: Madagascar and the provisioning trade, 1600–1800’ by John McAleer

By John McAleer

In 1798 Benjamin Stout, the captain of an American merchant ship which had apparently been shipwrecked off the southern coast of Africa two years earlier, wrote approvingly of Madagascar, describing it as ‘one of the largest and finest islands in the world’. Indeed, he was astonished that ‘no European power hath as yet made a […] Read More

Filed under: Eighteenth Century | Other (Early Modern) | Other (Eighteenth C) | Indian Ocean | East India Company
Subjects include: Merchant Marines | Miscellaneous | Strategy & Diplomacy

Book Review – ‘The Sea in History: The ancient world’ by Boris Rankov

By Boris Rankov

The French-based Océanides project on The Sea in History, edited by Christian Buchet of the Centre d’Étude de la Mer at the Catholic University of Paris, has now been published in a series of four large volumes of which this, on the ancient world, is the first. The overall objectives of the series have already […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Antiquity | Mediterranean | Indian Ocean | Caribbean | Pacific
Subjects include: Archaeology | Manpower & Life at Sea | Pirates, Corsairs & Privateers | Whaling & Fishing

Book Review – ‘‘The Most Dangerous Moment of the War’: Japan’s attack on the Indian Ocean, 1942’ by David Hobbs

By David Hobbs

In this book, dedicated to the author’s father, a survivor from HMS Cornwall, and a friend who was a survivor from HMS Dorsetshire, the author describes how, having struck the US Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor, the Japanese entered the Indian Ocean with the intention of destroying the British eastern fleet based at Ceylon in April 1942. […] Read More

Filed under: WW2 | Indian Ocean
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Navies

Book Review – ‘Lascars and Indian Ocean Seafaring, 1780- 1860: Shipboard life, unrest and mutiny’ by Derek Massarella

By Derek Massarella

In his introduction, Aaron Jaffer recapitulates the extensive secondary sources on lascar crews serving on British shipping. The author intends to contribute to this corpus by focusing on cases of mutiny, defined as the ‘violent takeover of a single ship by her crew’ (p. 17), a neglected aspect of lascar history, in order to shed […] Read More

Filed under: Mutiny & Discipline | Eighteenth Century | Nineteenth Century | Indian Ocean | East India Company
Subjects include: Manpower & Life at Sea | Merchant Marines

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