Claremont Discourse Lecture: The Revolution at Sea: Mutiny and Maritime Radicalism in the Late Eighteenth-Century Atlantic World

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012, 4:15 PM | Founders Room |
Niklas Frykman, History, CMC |

The revolutionary 1790s were the Atlantic's great age of mutiny. Naval seamen by the tens of thousands turned their guns on the quarterdeck, raised the red flag of mutiny, formed committees, elected delegates, and overthrew the absolute rule of captains. The mutinous Atlantic was a revolutionary movement of considerable force and sophistication, but the dominance of terra-centric, nation-focused histories of the revolutionary era have rendered it all but invisible. In this lecture, Professor Frykman will recover the history of mutiny in the British, French, and Dutch navies, and argue that together they became a genuinely Atlantic revolution in this so-called age of Atlantic revolutions.

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