Paper $43.95 ISBN: 9789052602844 Published March 2007 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada

Maritime Labour

Contributions to the History of Work at Sea, 1500-2000

Edited by Richard Gorski

Maritime Labour
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Edited by Richard Gorski

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260 pages | 6 3/4 x 9 1/2 | © 2007
Paper $43.95 ISBN: 9789052602844 Published March 2007 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
This is a collection of soundings into various aspects of the history of maritime labor from the close of the Middle Ages to the present. The spatial emphasis of the essays is north European and Atlantic since they deal with the countries around the North Sea and Baltic with some coverage of North America. The phrase work at sea naturally makes one think of merchant seafaring and its ancillary trades but, again, several authors in this book deal with navies and naval personnel as important constituents of the seagoing workforce. Indeed, from time to time the authors leave the sea behind in order to examine broader issues such as labor markets, the regulation and institutions of seafaring, and industrial relations on the waterfront. But at all points there is a common theme of sea-related labor, and a common objective of better understanding what have often been perceived as difficult and elusive groups of people. Marcus Rediker was surely correct in a recent essay to stress the challenge of producing more inclusive maritime historical research: We need to get back to basics, to careful empirical reconstructions of the lifeways of peoples long rendered silent in the writing of history.
Contents
Introduction
      Richard Gorski
Six cross-sections of the Dutch maritime labour market: A preliminary reconstruction and its implications (1610 – 1850)
      Jelle van Lottum and Jan Lucassen
On maritime labour and maritime labour markets in Germany, 1700 – 1900
      Heide Gerstenberger
Swedish naval personnel in the merchant marine and in foreign naval service in the eighteenth century
      György Nováky
Quantifying British seafarers, 1789 – 1828
      David J. Starkey
‘But for the loves of the fishes’: Maritime labour and ecological culture in nineteenth-century Newfoundland
      Sean T. Cadigan
The Shipping Federation and the free labour movement: A comparative study of waterfront and maritime industrial relations, c.1889 – 1891
      William Kenefick
Health and safety aboard British merchant ships: The case of first aid instruction, 1881-1908
      Richard Gorski
British merchant marine engineer licensing, 1865 – 1925
      Alston Kennerley
Transatlantic fishers: New England and British trawlermen, 1960 – 1972
      Colin J. Davis
Masters and chiefs: Enabling globalization, 1975 – 1995
      Tony Lane

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