Seamen on Late Eighteenth-Century European Warships*

@article{Frykman2009SeamenOL,
  title={Seamen on Late Eighteenth-Century European Warships*},
  author={Niklas Erik Frykman},
  journal={International Review of Social History},
  year={2009},
  volume={54},
  pages={67 - 93}
}
  • N. Frykman
  • Published 1 April 2009
  • History
  • International Review of Social History
Summary For hundreds of thousands, the naval wars of the 1790s meant shock proletarianization at sea. Unprecedented numbers of men – many without previous experience of the sea, many of them foreign-born – were forced into warships and made to work under the threat of savage violence. Desertion rates reached previously unimaginable levels as men fled ships and navies. The greatest wave of naval mutiny in European history followed in their wake. Hundreds of crews revolted, sometimes paralyzing… 

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