Tides in the Affairs of Men

Tides in the Affairs of Men
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Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Total Pages : 312
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ISBN-10 : 9780313074240
ISBN-13 : 0313074240
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Book Synopsis Tides in the Affairs of Men by : Cheryl Fury

Download or read book Tides in the Affairs of Men written by Cheryl Fury and published by Bloomsbury Publishing USA. This book was released on 2001-12-30 with total page 312 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The age of maritime expansion and the Anglo-Spanish War have been analyzed by generations of historians, but nearly all studies have emphasized events and participants at the top. This book examines the lives and experiences of the men of the Elizabethan maritime community during a particularly volatile period of maritime history. The seafaring community had to contend with simultaneous pressures from many different directions. Shipowners and merchants, motivated by profit, hired seamen to sail voyages of ever-increasing distances, which taxed the health and capabilities of 16th-century crews and vessels. International tensions in the last two decades of Elizabeth's reign magnified the risks to all seamen, whether in civilian employment or on warships. The advent of open warfare with Spain in 1585 resulted in a privateering war against the Spanish Empire, seen by some seamen as one of the few boons of the conflict. The other major development was the introduction of impressment, a deeply resented aspect of any naval war and one that brought great hardship to seamen and their families. The relationship between the Crown and its seafarers was a pull-haul between a state beset by financial problems of fighting a protracted war on several fronts and employees forced to work in dangerous conditions for substandard wages. The stresses of the war years tell us much about the dynamic of the maritime community, their expectations, and their coping strategies.


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