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Trading in War Reviews

Trading in War by Margarette Lincoln

Trading in War

London's Maritime World in the Age of Cook and Nelson

Margarette Lincoln

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1 review

Category: History, Non-fiction
Imprint: Yale University Press
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 4 Apr 2018
ISBN: 9780300227482

A vivid account of the forgotten citizens of maritime London who sustained Britain during the Revolutionary Wars

1 Prize for Trading in War

The Wolfson History Prize
2019 Shortlist

Wolfson History Prize judges: "Covering crime and punishment, shipbuilding and repair, smuggling and much more, this lively account recovers the forgotten people of maritime London, the commercial centre which sustained a global empire."


4 stars out of 5
1 May 2018

"a fine book that valuably extends our understanding of London’s river and its place in British history"

The contribution of maritime London to the British nation and empire at war is a neglected subject and Lincoln has done an admirable job in resurrecting it. Through her crowded pages we meet the East End provisioners of war – the ships’ biscuit makers, brewers and distillers – and, of course, the builders of both merchant vessels and the Royal Navy’s finest ships in the government dockyards at Deptford...All of this is meat and drink to Lincoln, who is an able guide through every nook and cranny along the river. When she strays beyond that chosen terrain she sometimes stumbles. Her account of the career of the radical politician John Wilkes is a muddled diversion that should have been avoided... Lincoln’s writing, too, has more of the copper-bottomed East Indiaman about it than the nimble Thames skiff. Even so, this is a fine book that valuably extends our understanding of London’s river and its place in British history.