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Author Jaffer, Aaron, author.

Title Lascars and Indian Ocean seafaring, 1780-1860 : shipboard life, unrest and mutiny / Aaron Jaffer.

Published Woodbridge, Suffolk, UK : The Boydell Press, 2015.


Location Call No. Status
Physical description 1 online resource (xi, 237 pages).
Series Worlds of the East India Company, 1752-5667 ; volume 12
Worlds of the East India Company ; v. 12.
Books at JSTOR Evidence Based Acquisitions
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 207-224) and index.
Contents Introduction -- Lascars ashore and afloat -- Motley crews -- What is 'mutiny'? -- Reconstructing shipboard life -- 1. Causes of Mutiny -- Abusive officers -- Welfare and wages -- Religious issues -- 2. Mutiny and Protest -- Non-mutinous forms of protest -- Ceremonies, festivals and demonstrations -- Collective refusals to work -- Attacks on officers -- 3. The Role of Intermediaries -- Spheres of responsibility -- Serangs, tindals and shipboard protest -- Manipulating mutiny -- 4. Seizing the Ship -- Reading crew testimony -- White mutineers -- Mutineer regimes -- Women aboard commandeered vessels -- 5. Mutiny, Politics and Diplomacy -- Staging mutiny -- Mutineers, chiefs and rajahs -- Apprehending mutineers -- Punishing mutineers -- Conclusion -- Appendix: Selected shipboard uprisings involving lascar crews -- Bibliography -- Index.
Summary Lascars were seamen from the Indian subcontinent and other areas of the Indian Ocean region who were employed aboard European ships from the sixteenth to the twentieth centuries. They experienced difficult working conditions and came from a wide variety of ethnic, cultural and religious backgrounds, which created considerable scope for friction between them and their European officers. This book, based on extensive original research, examines the role of lascars employed aboard country ships, East Indiamen and other British sailing vessels. The focus is on protest in its various forms, from mild unrest to violent acts of mutiny in which lascar crews murdered officers, seized ships and then sought refuge with local rulers. It is only through descriptions of such events - found in logbooks, seafaring diaries and the East India Company's judicial records - that many aspects of lascar life at sea become visible and lascar voices can be heard. Through the study of mutiny and other forms of protest, the book provides a detailed insight into shipboard conditions amongst lascars employed during this period.
Other author JSTOR issuing body.
Subject Sailors -- India.
Seafaring life.
Electronic books.
ISBN 9781782045939 (electronic bk.)
1782045937 (electronic bk.)