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New Scholarship on the Press Gang – Part 2 of 2

In The Myth of the Press Gang, J. Ross Dancy offers a quantitative approach to the subject. He developed a sampling system and entered the details as recorded in individual ships’ muster books covering the period 1793-1801. Data entry took twenty two weeks. The end result was a database including 27,174 individuals, “roughly a 10 […]

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Blog 30: “Maritime Heritage and Social Justice” In May, I participated in a conference in Bordeaux, Self, other and elsewhere: Images and imaginaries of the port cities of Atlantic and Mediterranean Europe (1700-present).  [1] One particularly animated panel on the second day, “The taboo of the trade,” concerned how French ports such as Nantes and […]

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Blog 29: Are islands really “natural prisons”? – the challenges of island incarceration in nineteenth century Australia Today, I’m happy to introduce the Coastal History Blog’s second guest post, by Katy Roscoe.  (The first guest post was by Julia Leikin.)  Island studies have featured before in this blog, in “Are Islands Insular?” but also in “Offshore […]

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The Coastal History Blog

Blog 28: “Jews and Muslims in Twentieth-Century France: The View from a Port Town” I’ve observed before in this blog that some of the best scholarship on port towns and urban cultures is written by people who arrive at this subject matter by a circuitous route, almost in spite of themselves.  Maud Mandel’s recent book, […]

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Blog 27: “The Sailor’s Yarn” Visitors to Salem, Massachusetts are likely to make a beeline for anything related to the celebrated witch trials.  A few older tourists will notice the sites connected to Nathaniel Hawthorne (my generation was probably the last to read The Scarlet Letter in school as an obligatory part of the American […]

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