A Brief History of Mutiny

Carroll & Graf, 2005 - 310 pagina's
Perhaps even more than the waves and weather, sea officers of the past feared the ever-present risk of mutiny. Functioning as a microcosm of dissent in our society at large, the steep hierarchy and deep social divisions between the crew and their commanders, the misery and monotony of very hard work and little sleep, and the constant threat of death from shipwreck, disease, or the enemy often led to an anarchic breakdown of any semblance of stability or order at sea.

The notorious mutiny on the Bounty in 1787 has been elevated to iconic status by Hollywood, yet Richard Woodman describes it here as a mere “pup” among mutinies. Despite the usual portrayal, Captain Bligh was neither tyrant nor sadist—whereas Pigot of the Hermione was both, and his crew was probably justified in throwing him overboard. Woodman brings a seaman’s perspective to this compelling history, which stretches from Magellan’s successful handling of an uprising that took place on his great voyage of discovery in 1519, to the “sordid crimes” that mutinies had become by the end of the Second World War.

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Author and naval historian Richard Woodman was born in London in 1944. He became an indentured midshipman in cargo liners at sixteen-years-old, which resulted in a 37 year nautical career. He won the Marine Society's Harmer Award in 1978. He retired in 1997 in order to write full time. He is mainly known for his Nathaniel Drinkwater series about a captain in the Royal Navy during the Napoleonic Wars. He also writes the James Dunbar series and the William Kite trilogy, as well as numerous non-fiction works about 18th century and World War II history. He is a regular correspondent for the shipping newspaper Lloyd's List.

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