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Title: Mutiny and maritime radicalism in the age of revolution : an introduction
Authors: Anderson, Clare
Frkyman, Niklas
Voss, Lex Heerma van
Rediker, Marcus
First Published: 4-Sep-2013
Publisher: Cambridge University Press for Internationaal Instituut voor Sociale Geschiedenis
Citation: Anderson, C, 'Mutiny and maritime radicalism in the age of revolution : an introduction', ed. Anderson, C;Frkyman, N;Voss, LHV;Rediker, M, 'Mutiny and Maritime Radicalism in the Age of Revolution: A Global Survey', Cambridge University Press, 2013
Abstract: The practice of mutiny is as old as warfare itself, but the concept and the word are of more recent provenance. Etymologically, mutiny derives from the Latin motus (motion or movement), which spawned the French word e ́ meute (riot) and the German word Meute (mob),whichinturngaveriseto Meuterei ,theDutch muiterij , the French mutinerie , and soon thereafter the English mutiny. The initial meaning of the word was diffuse, suggesting a general state of tumult, unruly discord, and social disturbance, but during the ferocious wars that tore apart the continent in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries mutiny affixed itself more specifically to the collective rebellions that erupted with growing frequency inside Europe’s hugely expanded armed forces. The Spanish army of Flanders, a massive force of 70,000 men, appears to have been especially afflicted, suffering no fewer than 37 major mutinies between 1589 and 1607, many of them lasting for multiple years and involving between 3,000 and 4,000 soldiers each time.
DOI Link: 10.1017/S0020859013000497
ISBN: 9781107689329
Type: Chapter
Rights: Copyright © 2013, Internationaal Instituut voor Sociale Geschiedenis.
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