A History of Naval Insurrection
First published in Great Britain 1992 by Ian Allan Ltd., Shepperton, Surrey
Printed in the United States of America
BOOK CONDITION: At least NEAR FINE - Marbled brown paper over boards with brown cloth back-strip with gilt titleand lettering, No sign of damage, wear; or inscriptions - Page block tight; all pages and illustrations immaculate.
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160 mm. x 235 mm. x 31 mm. 198 pages. Weight unwrapped 0.57 kilo.
Weight adequately wrapped <0.75 kilo.
Jacket flap blurb
Nothing is more terrifying to a seagoing captain than the spectre of mutiny, and nothing more riveting than a tale of mutinous deeds. In this fascinating book, Leonard Guttridge provides a casebook of mutinies that have occurred over the past two hundred years, beginning with the mutiny on the Bounty. Mutiny brings these dramatic and often bloody events to life, alternately exciting our horror and arousing our sympathy.
But this book is much more than a mere collection of stories. With a meticulous attention to historical accuracy, Guttridge examines the world’s famous and not-so-famous mutinies - the bloody uprising aboard the Potemkin, the racial disturbances on the Constellation, the rebellion at the Nore, the hijacking of the Storozhevoy, to name but a few - asks what these incidents, occurring in different navies and in different ages, have in common. His findings are both startling and illuminating.
In his search for a single definition of mutiny, Guttridge came upon muddy waters. Contrary to popular belief, there is more to mutiny than solely the effort to seize control of a ship. Legal opinions are inconclusive. Some courts have ruled that simple disobedience qualifies. Some military legalists insist that a mutiny must be a cooperative act, others hold that one man can make a mutiny. As a result, the word “mutiny” has been laid to acts as diverse as the murderous violence of the Hermione’s men and hunger strikes of the Friedrich der Grosse’s crew.
Guttridge charts a course through controversial if not always incontrovertibly mutinous waters, shredding fresh light on American episodes as widely separated in time as the Somers affair and the Vance tragic-comedy. He claims that discipline often depends more upon the crews decision to obey than upon the officers will to lead. Why, then, does mutiny occur only rarely in Naval History? What are the forces that maintain discipline and sustain morale? And what are the factors that cause sailors to rebel against their officers? Guttridge’s answers in this definitive study are sure t o fascinate historians and naval leaders alike, suggesting that only communication between all levels of command can prevent mutiny, the greatest naval catastrophe of all.
Background adapted from an illustration of the author's in this book.