<div class=”listing_info”> <img src=”” alt=””/> </div> <div class=”listing_list”><strong><a href=“ http://www.bigbridge.org/BB16/prose/prosedpeeples.htm “>Counterculture and the Maritime World in Early 18th Century Europe</a></strong>
Big Bridge, June 18, 2018
“Land or sea, there was not a single pocket of European society that escaped the regimentation of the early modern period. The world was quickly becoming a small place, and urban bureaucrats and diplomats were busy dividing people, places, and goods into categories, territories, and commodified values all to be easily registered in financiers’ ledgers.1 This was only a process of tweaking and tightening in Europe’s imperial centers, but on the peripheries it had to be a vigorous and often vicious imposition of the new way of the world. The ocean had always been the most peripheral of peripheries, but even it was subject to rule and regulation at this period. Trade routes were mapped out more meticulously and traveled more frequently, navies were built grander and dispatched farther away, and fueling it all was the accumulation and disciplining of a vast maritime laboring class.
All these terms—regimentation, rule and regulation, accumulation, discipline—objectify those to whom they refer, and there is an irreconcilable tension in the process of objectifying those who consider themselves subjects. Such tensions contain the potential for what we refer to as counter and sub culture, resistance, and rebellion. As tight as the grip of the state’s regulating hand was, water will always manage to leak out, be it in surges or drops, and so the ocean, ports, and isolated coasts always remained somewhat peripheral zones. The examination of those leaks is the purpose of this essay, and though the title implies a focus on Europe, the nature of European imperialism in the early eighteenth century requires that research extend from the imperial centers to the peripheries, where cultures as much as goods are transported and transferred by ships and the people whose lives revolve around them.”
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