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The Anatomy of Mutiny

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  17 June 2020

Steven Pfaff
Affiliation:
University of Washington
Michael Hechter
Affiliation:
Arizona State University
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Seamen faced both grave dangers and profound uncertainty when considering rebellion. The detailed evidence that we have assembled on dozens of mutinies shows that they resulted from the convergence of long-standing structural grievances among seamen combined with incidental grievances that intensified discontent and focused it on the person of the captain. Rebellious seamen intentionally employed tactics that enhanced coordination and secured the commitment of their shipmates. The occupational culture and social capital of seamen provided them with resources that made mutiny possible.

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The Genesis of Rebellion
Governance, Grievance, and Mutiny in the Age of Sail
, pp. 58 - 96
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2020

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  • Steven Pfaff, University of Washington, Michael Hechter, Arizona State University
  • Book: The Genesis of Rebellion
  • Online publication: 17 June 2020
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108149853.004
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  • Steven Pfaff, University of Washington, Michael Hechter, Arizona State University
  • Book: The Genesis of Rebellion
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  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108149853.004
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  • One and All
  • Steven Pfaff, University of Washington, Michael Hechter, Arizona State University
  • Book: The Genesis of Rebellion
  • Online publication: 17 June 2020
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108149853.004
Available formats
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