Review:- ‘The Social History of English Seamen, 1650–1815’ by C. A. Fury (ed.)

By Richard J. Blakemore, published May 2022


This book is the second of two volumes on the social history of English seamen edited by Cheryl Fury; the first, published in 2012, covered the preceding period 1485–1650. As Fury explains in her introduction to this second volume, the two books together aim to show how scholars are ‘charting a reliable course into the previously foggy world of Jack Tar’ (p. 3), and to redress the absence of an accessible textbook on this subject. Fury further notes that the idea for these books emerged from her own experience of teaching on this topic. The books will certainly achieve these purposes, and, on a personal note, they have become staples on reading lists for many of my own courses…

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Filed under: Early Modern | Eighteenth Century | Nineteenth Century | Health at Sea
Subjects include: Manpower & Life at Sea

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