A World at Sea

Maritime Practices and Global History
University of Pennsylvania Press
  • erschienen am 9. Oktober 2020
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  • 280 Seiten
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The past twenty-five years have brought a dramatic expansion of scholarship in maritime history, including new research on piracy, long-distance trade, and seafaring cultures. Yet maritime history still inhabits an isolated corner of world history, according to editors Lauren Benton and Nathan Perl-Rosenthal. Benton and Perl-Rosenthal urge historians to place the relationship between maritime and terrestrial processes at the center of the field and to analyze the links between global maritime practices and major transformations in world history.

A World at Sea consists of nine original essays that sharpen and expand our understanding of practices and processes across the land-sea divide and the way they influenced global change. The first section highlights the regulatory order of the seas as shaped by strategies of land-based polities and their agents and by conflicts at sea. The second section studies documentary practices that aggregated and conveyed information about sea voyages and encounters, and it traces the wide-ranging impact of the explosion of new information about the maritime world. Probing the political symbolism of the land-sea divide as a threshold of power, the last section features essays that examine the relationship between littoral geographies and sociolegal practices spanning land and sea. Maritime history, the contributors show, matters because the oceans were key sites of experimentation, innovation, and disruption that reflected and sparked wide-ranging global change.

Contributors: Lauren Benton, Adam Clulow, Xing Hang, David Igler, Jeppe Mulich, Lisa Norling, Nathan Perl-Rosenthal, Carla Rahn Phillips, Catherine Phipps, Matthew Raffety, Margaret Schotte.

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978-0-8122-9734-8 (9780812297348)
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Edited by Lauren Benton and Nathan Perl-Rosenthal


Introduction. Making Maritime History Global
Nathan Perl-Rosenthal and Lauren Benton

Part I. Currents

Chapter 1. Why Did Anyone Go to Sea? Structures of Maritime Enlistment from Family Traditions to Violent Coercion
Carla Rahn Phillips

Chapter 2. Between the Company and Koxinga: Territorial Waters, Trade, and War over Deerskins
Adam Clulow and Xing Hang

Chapter 3. "The Law Is the Lord of the Sea": Maritime Law as Global Maritime History
Matthew Taylor Raffety

Part II. Dispatches

Chapter 4. Reading Cargoes: Letters and the Problem of Nationality in the Age of Privateering
Nathan Perl-Rosenthal

Chapter 5. Sailors, States, and the Creation of Nautical Knowledge
Margaret Schotte

Chapter 6. Indigenous Maritime Travelers and Knowledge Production
David Igler

Part III. Thresholds

Chapter 7. Maritime Marronage in Colonial Borderlands
Jeppe Mulich

Chapter 8. Sovereignty at the Water's Edge: Japan's Opening as Coastal Encounter
Catherine Phipps

Chapter 9. Working Women Who Got Wet: A Global Survey of Women in Premodern and Early Modern Fisheries
Lisa Norling

Afterword. Land-Sea Regimes in World History
Lauren Benton and Nathan Perl-Rosenthal

List of Contributors

"Encompassing a vast array of methodological, geographical, and argumentative perspectives, A World at Sea makes a timely and important intervention into critical studies of seas, oceans, and empires in global history."-Philip Stern, Duke University

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