An exciting but reactionary film
This is an excellent review by Louis Proyect. Louis is the only reviewer of this film who can tel us what the eighteenth century struggle between France and Great Britain was actually about, a struggle that grew more intense after the French Revolution.
Slaves and domination of the world.
One minor thing Louis gets wrong. Many of the crew of naval ships were impressed i.e. forced to join the navy. They did not even have the luxury of selling themselves into the wage slavery of a job. They were kidnapped of of the streets. They were as much slaves as the black cane cutters in Jamaica, kidnapped in Africa.
Hence the constant tales of King and patriotism, to persuade this bunch of impressed men that they had more in common with the King than their fellow prisoners in the Caribbean.
What a world!
Mar 29 - 04:49 PM
It was a good review though it seems to me pretty basic that someone would understand that most sailors were "pressed".Have you read The Many Headed Hydra by Marcus Rediker? Great stuff.
May 1 - 08:14 PM