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Law, Labour, and Empire: Comparative Perspectives on Seafarers, c. 1500-1800

Edited by: Maria Fusaro, Bernard Allaire, Richard Blakemore, Tijl Vanneste

ISBN13: 9781137447456
Published: May 2015
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £68.00

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Seafarers were the first workers to inhabit a truly international labour market, a sector of industry which, throughout the early modern period, drove European economic and imperial expansion, technological and scientific development, and cultural and material exchanges around the world.

This volume adopts a comparative perspective, presenting current research about maritime labourers across three centuries, in the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, to understand how seafarers contributed to legal and economic transformation within Europe and across the world.

Focusing on the three related themes of legal systems, labouring conditions, and imperial power, these essays explore the dynamic and reciprocal relationship between seafarers' individual and collective agency, and the social and economic frameworks which structured their lives.

Legal History
List of Figures, Maps, and Tables
Notes on Contributors
Maria Fusaro, Bernard Allaire, Richard J. Blakemore, and Tijl Vanneste
1. Overview: Trades, Ports and Ships: The Roots of Difference in Sailors' Lives
Richard W. Unger

2. The Invasion of Northern Litigants: English and Dutch Seamen in Mediterranean Courts of Law
Maria Fusaro
3. Until the Very Last Nail: English Seafaring and Wage Litigation in Seventeenth-Century Livorno
Andrea Addobbati
4. Sailors' Legal Rights in a Mediterranean Hub: the Case of Malta
Joan Abela
5. Between Oleron and Colbert: The Evolution of French Maritime Law until the Seventeenth Century
Bernard Allaire
6. The Legal World of English Sailors, c.
Richard J. Blakemore

7. Sailing through the Strait: Seamen's Professional Trajectories from a Segmented Labour Market in Holland to a Fragmented Mediterranean
Tijl Vanneste
8. The Hanseatics in Southern Europe: Structure and Payment of German Long-Distance Shipping, 1630-1700
Magnus Ressel
9. Mobility, Migration and Human Capital in the Long Eighteenth Century: The Life of Joseph Anton Ponsaing
Jelle van Lottum, Catherine Sumnall, and Aske Brock
10. Dividing the Spoils: Research into the Paybook and Other Documents relating to the Privateering Voyage of the Duke and Dutchess, 1711
Tim Beattie
11. Coral Fishermen in Barbary in the Eighteenth Century: Between Norms and Practices
Olivier Lopez

12. Portuguese Seafarers: Informal Agents of Empire Building
Amelia Polonia
13. Spanish Mariners in a Global Context
Carla Rahn Phillips
14. Deserters, Mutineers and Criminals: British Sailors and Problems of Port Jurisdiction in Genoa and Livorno during the Eighteenth Century
Danilo Pedemonte
15. Claiming their Rights? Indian Sailors under the Dutch East India Company
Matthias van Rossum
16. Chinese Seamen in London and St Helena in the Early Nineteenth Century
You bo qing Afterword
Maria Fusaro
General Bibliography