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Trading in war : London's maritime world in the age of Cook and Nelson /
Margarette Lincoln.
imprint
New Haven : Yale University Press, [2018]
description
xi, 292 pages, 16 unnumbered plates : illustrations (some colour) ; 25 cm
ISBN
0300227485, 9780300227482
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New Haven : Yale University Press, [2018]
isbn
0300227485
9780300227482
abstract
A vivid account of the forgotten citizens of maritime London who sustained Britain during the Revolutionary Wars In the half-century before the Battle of Trafalgar the port of London became the commercial nexus of a global empire and launch pad of Britain's military campaigns in North America and Napoleonic Europe. The unruly riverside parishes east of the Tower seethed with life, a crowded, cosmopolitan, and incendiary mix of sailors, soldiers, traders, and the network of ordinary citizens that served them. Harnessing little-known archival and archaeological sources, Lincoln recovers a forgotten maritime world. Her gripping narrative highlights the pervasive impact of war, which brought violence, smuggling, pilfering from ships on the river, and a susceptibility to subversive political ideas. It also commemorates the working maritime community: shipwrights and those who built London's first docks, wives who coped while husbands were at sea, and early trade unions. This meticulously researched work reveals the lives of ordinary Londoners behind the unstoppable rise of Britain's sea power and its eventual defeat of Napoleon.
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11655647
 
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