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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
Steven Pfaff, University of Washington, Michael Hechter, Arizona State University
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
pp xv-xvi
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Rebellious collective action is rare, but it can occur when subordinates are severely discontented and other circumstances are favorable. The possibility of rebellion is a check – sometimes the only check – on authoritarian rule. Although mutinies in which crews seized control of their vessels were rare events, they occurred throughout the Age of Sail. This book is the first to analyze mutiny sytematically using techniques borrowed from epidemiology and in light of a new theory that links grievances to collective action.
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