Maritime history

June 29, 2001

Previewing Maritime History Week at the Institute of Historical Research (2-6 July 2001) a four-page special report in The THES offers a fresh look at marine subjects including slavery, piracy and the oldest boats of all.

<a class=red href=""> Is the tide turning? </a>
Margarette Lincoln and Nigel Rigby preview Maritime History Week and a brace of conferences that acknowledges the oceans' role in Britain's evolution.

<a class=red href=""> Black hands in a black trade </a>
In the crews of ships that transported Africans across the Atlantic to the Americas, free black men worked with white men, and occupational and class ties often cut across racial lines, writes Emma Christopher.

<a class=red href=""> Who'd like their guts nailed to the mast? </a>
In the light of recent attacks on sailors, Chris Bunting wonders if we should revise our romantic image of piracy.

<a class=red href=""> If they sailed the oceans, show me the boats </a>
Evidence suggests that man must have travelled by boat as early as 40,000BC, but the oldest known craft dates from just 8000BC.


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