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The Resource The myth of the press gang : volunteers, impressment and the naval manpower problem in the late eighteenth century, J. Ross Dancy

The myth of the press gang : volunteers, impressment and the naval manpower problem in the late eighteenth century, J. Ross Dancy

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The myth of the press gang : volunteers, impressment and the naval manpower problem in the late eighteenth century
Title
The myth of the press gang
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volunteers, impressment and the naval manpower problem in the late eighteenth century
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J. Ross Dancy
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eng
Summary
The press gang is generally regarded as the means by which the British navy solved the problem of recruiting enough seamen in the late eighteenth century. This book, however, based on extensive original research conducted primarily in a large number of ships' muster books, demonstrates that this view is false. It argues that, in fact, the overwhelming majority of seamen in the navy were there of their own free will. Taking a long view across the late eighteenth century but concentrating on the period of the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars of 1793-1815, the book provides great detail on the sort of men that were recruited and the means by which they were recruited, and includes a number of individuals' stories. It shows how manpower was a major concern for the Admiralty; how the Admiralty put in place a range of recruitment methods including the quota system; how it worried about depleting merchant shipping of sufficient sailors; and how, although most seamen were volunteers, the press gang was resorted to, especially during the initial mobilisation at the beginning of wars and to find certain kinds of particularly skilled seamen. The book also makes comparisons with recruitment methods employed by the navies of other countries and by the British army. J. Ross Dancy is Assistant Professor of History at Sam Houston State University
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Dancy, J. Ross
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index present
Literary form
non fiction
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  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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  • Great Britain
  • Great Britain
  • Great Britain
  • Sailors
  • Impressment
  • TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Marine & Naval
  • TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Military Science
  • HISTORY / Military / Naval
  • Impressment
  • Sailors
  • Great Britain
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The myth of the press gang : volunteers, impressment and the naval manpower problem in the late eighteenth century, J. Ross Dancy
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Includes bibliographical references and index
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online resource
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multicolored
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
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ocn901263195
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1 online resource
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online
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9781782044710
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unknown
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computer
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rdamedia
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  • c
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22573/ctt990nmn
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(OCoLC)901263195
Label
The myth of the press gang : volunteers, impressment and the naval manpower problem in the late eighteenth century, J. Ross Dancy
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn901263195
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781782044710
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt990nmn
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)901263195

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