Author Results for Derek Massarella

Book Review-‘Transfer Between Sea and Land: Maritime exchanges in the early modern period’ by S. Kahlow (ed.)

By Derek Massarella

This book consists of six chapters and the editor’s introduction. It is the outcome of a workshop held at the Deutsches Schifffahrts-museum in Bremerhaven in 2015 and, as is generally the case with such proceedings, the quality of the contents varies considerably, with a couple of contributions being little more than padding. The editor has […] Read More

Filed under: Popular Topics
Subjects include: Archaeology

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 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 – ‘Defensive Positions: The politics of maritime security in Tokugawa Japan’ by Derek Massarella

By Derek Massarella

This book explores the relationship between the feudal domains and the Tokugawa shogunate during the Edo period (1603–1867), focusing on the defences of Nagasaki, one of the three major gateways for Japan’s foreign trade. The port’s administration was in the hands of the shogunate, but responsibility for defending the port was delegated to the Kyushu […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (Eighteenth C) | Pacific
Subjects include: Navies | Strategy & Diplomacy

Book Review – ‘Spain, China and Japan in Manila, 1571–1644: Local comparisons and global connections’ by Derek Massarella

By Derek Massarella

This book, a PhD thesis revised for publication, champions the currently fashionable analytical framework of ‘connected histories’. The author analyses ‘the Manila System’, which she describes as ‘characterised by multi-layered connections based on negotiations, a complex market torn between protectionism and free trade, triangular circulations and bi- or multilateral communication involving different parties of the […] Read More

Filed under: Indian Ocean | Pacific
Subjects include: Administration | Strategy & Diplomacy

‘& thus ended the buisinisse’: A buggery trial on the East India Company ship Mary in 1636

By Derek Massarella

Not much archival information survives about buggery trials at sea in the seventeenth century. A trial aboard the East India Company’s ship, the Mary, at Surat in 1636 is an exception and is well documented. This article provides a detailed account of the trial, placing it within the broader contexts of naval discipline, the judicial […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Early Modern) | Indian Ocean
Subjects include: Manpower & Life at Sea