Seafaring, Sailors and Trade, 1450–1750: Studies in British and European Maritime and Imperial History

1st Edition

G.V. Scammell

Published April 11, 2003
Reference - 322 Pages
ISBN 9780860788973 - CAT# Y232800
Series: Variorum Collected Studies


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This second volume of articles by G.V. Scammell offers new insights into the history of British and European shipping in the centuries of Europe's penetration into the oceans of the world, from the 15th to the 18th century. It examines the building, ownership and operation of merchantmen in the context of economic and social developments of the period, combining this with the investigation of the vital, but still comparatively neglected, subjects of the lives, working conditions, beliefs, skills and behaviour of seamen. This is the basis for discussion of the means and methods by which British shipping and merchants established themselves in oceanic trades, including those of other powers, considered in relation to the growth of British maritime and commercial supremacy. The final studies then examine the causes and consequences of European and British seaborne expansion, particularly in Asia.

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