Trading in War (Hardcover)
London's Maritime World in the Age of Cook and Nelson
Yale University Press, 9780300227482, 304pp.
Publication Date: May 29, 2018
In the half-century before the Battle of Trafalgar the port of London became the commercial nexus of a global empire and launch pad of Britain’s military campaigns in North America and Napoleonic Europe. The unruly riverside parishes east of the Tower seethed with life, a crowded, cosmopolitan, and incendiary mix of sailors, soldiers, traders, and the network of ordinary citizens that served them. Harnessing little-known archival and archaeological sources, Lincoln recovers a forgotten maritime world. Her gripping narrative highlights the pervasive impact of war, which brought violence, smuggling, pilfering from ships on the river, and a susceptibility to subversive political ideas. It also commemorates the working maritime community: shipwrights and those who built London’s first docks, wives who coped while husbands were at sea, and early trade unions. This meticulously researched work reveals the lives of ordinary Londoners behind the unstoppable rise of Britain’s sea power and its eventual defeat of Napoleon.
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Praise For Trading in War: London's Maritime World in the Age of Cook and Nelson…
“This book inexorably ties the lives of citizens to the life of the port, and you will never see London in the same light. It is enlightening, well-written, gripping and down-to-earth. This is a must-read for anyone whose ancestors lived in not just London but any busy port during the 18th century, by an author who really knows her stuff.”
—Janet Dempsey, Who Do You Think You Are
"A rich and vibrant study of the riverside boroughs of London to the east of Tower Bridge, the world's greatest maritime city, in an age of revolution and social change. Lincoln catches a transient world of moving people, changing work, and the integrated lives of sea captains and servants, shipwrights, stowaways and thieves."—Andrew Lambert, author of Nelson and War at Sea in the Age of Sail