Author Results for Erica Charters

Book Review-‘The Myth of the Press Gang: Volunteers, impressment and the naval manpower problem in the late eighteenth century, by J. R. Dancy

By Erica Charters

Impressment in the eighteenth-century Royal Navy has long been controversial. Forcing British subjects to serve as sailors during wartime seemed paradoxical for a nation that prided itself on individual liberty and considered its navy as a bulwark against the tyranny of Continental absolutism. Historians have cited contemporary debates – found in literary, legal, and political […] Read More

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