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The Consequences of Mutiny
The Genesis of Rebellion
Governance, Grievance, and Mutiny in the Age of Sail

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Print publication year: 2020
Online publication date: June 2020
7 - The Consequences of Mutiny
Steven Pfaff, University of Washington, Michael Hechter, Arizona State University
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108149853.008
pp 209-242
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Officers and naval officials reinforced social order through stability and predictability. Despite this, mutiny fostered social and institutional change in the Navy by calling attention to issues in need of urgent attention. Mutinies inspired calls for reform, which eventually led to the abolition of starting, better control over flogging, wage improvements and better health and nutrition. The remarkable operational effectiveness of the Royal Navy by the end of the eighteenth century came about, in part, because naval authorities strove more conscientiously to attend to seamen’s welfare and improve their health in the wake of mutinies. The possibility of mutiny seem to have been a necessary condition for the initiation and sustaining of many institutional reforms in the Navy.
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rebellion
reform
punishment
health
welfare
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