Archive Results For: Popular Topics

Book Review – ‘The Yankee Expedition to Sebastopol: John Gowen and the raising of the Russian Black Sea fleet 1857–1862’ by Howard J. Fuller

By Howard J. Fuller

This is another self-published naval history by Chuck Veit, the last of which, A Dog Before a Soldier: Almost-lost Episodes in the U.S. Navy’s Civil War (2010), I treated rather unenthusiastically in my review in volume 99: 3 of the Mariner’s Mirror (2013). What an improvement this work is. Technically it is a direct follow-on to Raising Missouri: John Gowen and […] Read More

Filed under: Nineteenth Century | Shipwrecks | Other (location)
Subjects include: 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

Book Review-‘The Life and Ship Models of Norman Ough’ by A. Roach

By Michael Leek

In contrast to marine artists, ship model builders, be they amateur or professional, are rarely acknowledged for the undoubted skills many possess. Considering the number from various countries who have made a name for themselves – albeit a name acknowledged primarily by those who practice or study the craft – and whose work resides in […] Read More

Filed under: Popular Topics
Subjects include: Biography | Ship Models & Figureheads

Book Review – ‘Journal, Memorials and Letters of Cornelis Matelieff de Jonge: Security, diplomacy and commerce in 17th-century Southeast Asia’ by Leo M. Akveld

By Leo M. Akveld

The countries of Southeast Asia which surround the historically important sea route of the Strait of Malacca – like Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore – can learn little about the history of their country until they have a thorough command of the languages of their former overseas rulers. Today’s inhabitants have to master Portuguese, Spanish or […] Read More

Filed under: Dutch Wars | Indian Ocean | East India Company
Subjects include: Strategy & Diplomacy

Book Review-‘The European Canton Trade 1723: Competition and cooperation’ ed. by M. Kessler, K. Lee and D. Menning

By Derek Massarella

This collection of source material on European trade in Canton in 1723 originated as a teaching project at the Eberhard Karls Universität in Tübingen. It was conceived as a way of encouraging students to read and engage with primary sources, and, more ambitiously, it is intended ‘to contribute to a larger scholarship on the early […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Eighteenth C) | East India Company
Subjects include: Logistics

Book Review-‘The Political Economy of Indigo in India, 1580–1930: A global perspective’ by G. A. Nadri

By Markus Vink

Ghulam Nadri, an Associate Professor of History at Georgia State University specializing in early modern Gujarat and India, traces the convoluted ‘long-durée moment’ [sic] (p. 121) of natural indigo in India as a global commercial dye. Informed by the global commodity chains conceptual framework, this book looks at this particular trade from its inception in […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Early Modern) | Other (Twentieth C) | Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (Eighteenth C) | East India Company
Subjects include: Logistics

Book Review-‘Perspectives on Oceans Past edited’ by K. Schwerdtner Máñe and B. Poulsen

By Samantha Muka

This edited volume brings together scholars in history, sociology, archaeology, and the marine sciences in order to offer ‘theoretical and methodological consideration on how to do marine environmental history’. The ultimate goal of the volume is to ‘solidify a subfield, where diversity is an intellectual strength on the one hand, but on the other hand, […] Read More

Filed under: Popular Topics
Subjects include: Archaeology | Science & Exploration

Book Review-‘Boundaries and Beyond: China’s maritime southeast in late imperial times’ by N. Chin-keong

By Andrew Lambert

The maritime history of China has become a contested space, where official Chinese propaganda and sensational Western texts compete to rewrite reality. The antidote to such trifles can be found in this nuanced, sophisticated collection of scholarly essays, stretching across a long and distinguished career, re-examining Imperial China’s relationship with the sea and seaborne trade. […] Read More

Filed under: Popular Topics
Subjects include: Administration | Strategy & Diplomacy

Book Review-‘Quarantine: Local and global histories’ ed. by A. Bashford

By Michael Joseph

Alison Bashford has for many years been among the world’s foremost authorities on the history of quarantine. Quarantine: Local and global histories represents a return to a long-standing interest in the topic, one marked by previous works like Contagion: Historical and cultural Studies (2001), edited with Claire Hooker, and Imperial Hygiene: A critical history of […] Read More

Filed under: Health at Sea
Subjects include: Administration | Manpower & Life at Sea

Book Review – ‘The Sea in the British Musical Imagination’ by Alexandra Wilson

By Alexandra Wilson

British cultural responses to the sea – whether literary or visual – have, in recent years, become the subject of lively scholarly investigation. Eric Saylor and Christopher M. Scheer’s The Sea in the British Musical Imagination is, however, the first dedicated study of British musical works on a nautical theme. This book covers a diverse range […] Read More

Filed under: Popular Topics
Subjects include: Art & Music

Book Review-‘Poseidon’s Curse: British naval impressment and Atlantic origins of the American Revolution’ by C. P. Magra

By J.Ross Dancy

British naval impressment has been a subject of scholarly debate and fascination for well over a century now, and recently this subject has become even more heated. The scholars currently engaging in this debate generally fall into two camps. On one side are those who examine the subject from an administrative point of view and […] Read More

Filed under: American Revolution | Other (Nineteenth C) | Press Gangs
Subjects include: Manpower & Life at Sea

Book Review-‘Libro verde: Plan nacional de protecciòn del patrimonio cultural subacuàtico espanol [Green Paper of the National Plan for the Protection of the Spanish Underwater Cultural Heritage]’ by Working Group of the Technical Coordination Committee of the Historical Heritage Council (bilingual edition in Spanish and English)

By Francesco Tiboni

Despite some critical aspects which are common to the whole Mediterranean basin and Europe, Spain can nowadays be considered one of the most interesting actors in the field of underwater archaeology. This is the reason why the publication of a Green Paper of underwater archaeology represents both for Spanish and non-Spanish archaeologists a sort of […] Read More

Filed under: Popular Topics
Subjects include: Archaeology

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