The Age of Sail has long fascinated readers, writers, and the general public. Herman Melville, Joseph Conrad, Jack London et al. treated ships at sea as microcosms; Petri dishes in which larger themes of authority, conflict and order emerge. In this fascinating book, Pfaff and Hechter explore mutiny as a manifestation of collective action and contentious politics. The authors use narrative evidence and statistical analysis to trace the processes by which governance failed, social order decayed, and seamen mobilized. Their findings highlight the complexities of governance, showing that it was not mere deprivation, but how seamen interpreted that deprivation, which stoked the grievances that motivated rebellion. Using the Age of Sail as a lens to examine topics still relevant today - what motivates people to rebel against deprivation and poor governance - The Genesis of Rebellion: Governance, Grievance, and Mutiny in the Age of Sail helps us understand the emergence of populism and rejection of the establishment.
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‘This brilliant book captures all the high drama of the Age of Sail, while providing invaluable lessons on the maintenance and failure of social order. Pfaff and Hechter's powerful analysis of how mutinies arose in the tight societies aboard British navy ships is a great read, and essential for everyone aiming to understand the nature of legitimacy, good governance, and rebellions against unjust authority.' Jack A Goldstone, George Mason University, Virginia
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DATE PUBLISHED: August 2020
FORMAT: Adobe eBook Reader
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