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War, nationalism, and the British sailor, 1750-1850 /
Isaac Land.
imprint
New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.
description
xiii, 244 p.
ISBN
0230615910, 9780230615915
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Book
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author
imprint
New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.
isbn
0230615910
9780230615915
contents note
Will the real Jack Tar please stand up? -- Impressed : becoming Jack Tar -- Well rigged : cross-dressing, patriotism, and parody -- Married to Britannia : mutinies, musicals, and manhood -- Behold our empire : loyalists, reformers, and radicals -- Ships without sailors? Nostalgia for Jack Tar in the industrial age.
catalogue key
6937979
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Isaac Land is Assistant Professor of History at Indiana State University. He is the editor of Enemies of Humanity: The Nineteenth-Century War on Terrorism, also from Palgrave Macmillan.
Reviews
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"In this engaging cultural history, War, Nationalism, and the British Sailorgives agency and new meaning to the lives of the men and women who sailed (or claimed to have sailed) during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. With adroit argument and elegant prose, Land reinterprets accepted maritime narratives and, as a consequence, forces us to re-consider what was at stake in the larger British context. By charting a course to bring maritime history ashore, Land deftly integrates the maritime into larger national narratives about British identity."--Mary Conley, Associate Professor of History, College of the Holy Cross and Author of From Jack Tar to Union Jack: Naval Manhood in the British Empire, 1870-1918. "Land's argument that 'Jack Tar' as a cultural product was born of the nation-building that began at the end of the seventeenth century and then disappeared after the sailing navy had accomplished its task in the early decades of the nineteenth century is compelling and believable...This is a new argument, and it does a better job of explaining the changing role of the sailor in British national culture as well as the ambivalent feelings of those same sailors towards the nation-building project than any book I have read. Land uses a range of different sources to make his case, and in general displays great creativity in interpreting them...The author writes in a very lively and engaging manner. His use of anecdote, his portrait of the portside world, and his sense of humor and irony all combine to make this an excellent read."--Daniel Vickers, Professor of History, University of British Columbia
"In this engaging cultural history,War, Nationalism, and the British Sailorgives agency and new meaning to the lives of the men and women who sailed (or claimed to have sailed) during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. With adroit argument and elegant prose, Land reinterprets accepted maritime narratives and, as a consequence, forces us to re-consider what was at stake in the larger British context. By charting a course to bring maritime history ashore, Land deftly integrates the maritime into larger national narratives about British identity."--Mary Conley, Associate Professor of History, College of the Holy Cross and Author ofFrom Jack Tar to Union Jack: Naval Manhood in the British Empire, 1870-1918."Land's argument that 'Jack Tar' as a cultural product was born of the nation-building that began at the end of the seventeenth century and then disappeared after the sailing navy had accomplished its task in the early decades of the nineteenth century is compelling and believable...This is a new argument, and it does a better job of explaining the changing role of the sailor in British national culture as well as the ambivalent feelings of those same sailors towards the nation-building project than any book I have read. Land uses a range of different sources to make his case, and in general displays great creativity in interpreting them...The author writes in a very lively and engaging manner. His use of anecdote, his portrait of the portside world, and his sense of humor and irony all combine to make this an excellent read."--Daniel Vickers, Professor of History, University of British Columbia
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Summaries
Main Description
Although there have been military, social, and labor histories examining sailors, this book employs the methods of cultural history to systematically integrate Jack Tar, the common seaman, into larger narratives about British national identity. If, as it has been argued, "Britishness" was defined in terms of one's contribution to the war effort, why did sailors experience so much difficulty winning acceptance as Britons. Why was that acceptance delayed until the mid-nineteenth century? In pursuit of this aim, Land develops a new approach to sailors that moves beyond earlier historical work on maritime culture.
Main Description
Although there have been military, social, and labor histories examining sailors, this book employs the methods of cultural history to systematically integrate Jack Tar, the common seaman, into larger narratives about British national identity. If, as it has been argued, "Britishness" was defined in terms of one's contribution to military efforts, why did sailors experience so much difficulty winning acceptance as Britons? Why was that acceptance delayed until the mid-nineteenth century? In pursuit of this aim, Land develops a new approach to sailors that moves beyond earlier historical work on maritime culture.
Main Description
Although there have been military, social, and labor histories examining sailors, this book employs the methods of cultural history to systematically integrate Jack Tar, the common seaman, into larger narratives about British national identity. If, as it has been argued, Britishness was defined in terms of one's contribution to military efforts, why did sailors experience so much difficulty winning acceptance as Britons? Why was that acceptance delayed until the mid-nineteenth century? In pursuit of this aim, Land develops a new approach to sailors that moves beyond earlier historical work on maritime culture.
Description for Bookstore
Land writes in an accessible and witty manner, leavening his narrative with memorable and illustrative anecdotes
Description for Bookstore
This is the first book to systematically integrate "Jack Tar," the common seaman, into the cultural history of modern Britain, treating him not as an occasional visitor from the ocean, but as an important part of national life.
Bowker Data Service Summary
Although there have been military, social & labour histories examining sailors, this is the first book to systematically integrate 'Jack Tar,' the common seaman, into the cultural history of modern Britain, treating him not as an occasional visitor from the ocean, but as an important part of national life.
Table of Contents
List of Figuresp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
List of Abbreviationsp. xv
Introductionp. 1
Will the Real Jack Tar Please Stand Up?p. 13
Impressed: Becoming Jack Tarp. 29
Well Rigged: Cross-Dressing, Patriotism, and Parodyp. 57
Married to Britannia: Musicals, Mutinies, and Manhoodp. 77
Behold Our Empire: Loyalists, Reformers, and Radicalsp. 105
Ships Without Sailors? Nostalgia for Jack Tar in the Industrial Agep. 131
Conclusionp. 159
Notesp. 171
Bibliographyp. 213
Indexp. 239
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