Arguing that this history of resistance to globalism has been unjustly overlooked, Linebaugh and Rediker delineate key episodes. When, for instance, a group of English sailors and common laborers were shipwrecked on the island of Bermuda en route to America, they created their own communal government, which was so pleasant to them that they refused to be "rescued" and had to be removed to the colonies by force. Their ideological descendants later banded with runaway slaves and other discontents to form multi-ethnic, multilingual pirate navies that hindered the transatlantic traffic in metals, jewels, and captive humans. Some of the men and women involved in these pirate bands, this "Atlantic proletariat," put their skills at the service of the American Revolution, which, in the author's view, "ended in reaction as the Founding Fathers used race, nation, and citizenship to discipline, divide, and exclude the very sailors and slaves who had initiated and propelled the revolutionary movement." The fire of rebellion soon spread all the same, they note, to such places as Haiti, Ireland, France, even England, helped along by these peripatetic and unsung rebels.
Linebaugh and Rediker's book is provocative and often brilliant, opening windows onto little-known episodes in world history. --Gregory McNamee --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This is a deeply flawed book. It seeks to construct a radical reinterpretation of the early modern Atlantic world, one which privileges class conflict. Read morePublished on April 1 2003 by K. A. Shelton
An importand and relevant book. A must for globalization theorists, cultural studies, and america/s studies....Published on April 2 2002 by Michael Benton
This was just another example of a history book that didn't need to be written, except to torment history students.Published on Dec 21 2001
Peter Linebaugh, author of The London Hanged, and Marcus Rediker, author of Between the devil and the deep blue sea, have joined forces to produce this splendid history of the... Read morePublished on July 18 2001 by William Podmore
When the World Trade Organization meets, we are used to seeing protests from people who think that the global economy is somehow wrong, that current capitalism is not the best way... Read morePublished on Feb. 12 2001 by Rob Hardy
The Many-Headed Hydra is both the title of the book by Peter Linebaugh and Marcus Rediker a symbol for the proletariat masses resisting the growth of capitalism from the... Read morePublished on Jan. 31 2001 by Ricky Hunter