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The Floating Republic: An Account of the Mutinies at Spithead and the Nore in 1797

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The naval mutiny of 1797 is the most astonishing recorded in Britain history: astonishing by its management rather than by its results, for other mutinies had been successful. Though it shook the country from end to end, it was largely ordered with rigid discipline, a respect for officers and an unswerving loyalty to the king.
Paperback, 300 pages
Published October 1st 2004 by Pen & Sword Books (first published 1937)
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James Kemp
This was a fascinating and thought provoking read. Drawn very heavily from the primary sources of the period it paints a picture of the events and also how the prevailing attitudes of the time shaped them. Those at the top believed (erroneously) that the mutinies were caused by foreign interference (from French Jacobins, or their English supporters). Those on board ship felt that the improvements in standards of living across the entire 18th century had left them behind, in 1797 the pay rates fo ...more
G E Manwary and Bonamy Dobree wrote this account of the 1797 Naval Mutinees at Spithead and the Nore in 1935, and their style of writing and their perspective, shortly after the Invergordon Mutiny and the General Strike, reflect this.
However their balanced approach and use of contemporary source material, from both sides of the dispute, make this still a very readable book.
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