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ISBN-10: 0814766781

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The romantic fiction of pirates as swashbuckling marauders terrorizing the excessive seas has lengthy eclipsed ancient truth. Bandits at Sea bargains a long-overdue corrective to the mythology and the mystique which has plagued the examine of pirates and served to disclaim them their rightful legitimacy as matters of investigation.

With essays by way of the main students on those countercultural "social bandits"—as Lingua Franca lately dubbed them—this assortment examines quite a few facets of the phenomenon within the 3 major components the place it happened: the Caribbean/Atlantic, the Mediterranean, and East Asia. We come to appreciate who pirates have been, in addition to the socio-economic contexts less than which they built and flourished.

Comparisons among a number of kinds of piracy illustrate changes in perform and objective among pirates of alternative components; social histories, together with examinations of girls pirates and their ancient value and conditions, supply comparable perception into the non-public lives of pirates from diversified areas. faraway from serving as dens of thieves, pirate ships have been usually hugely regulated microcosms of democracy. The crews of pirate vessels knew that majority rule, racial equality and equitable department of spoils have been an important for his or her survival, marking them as considerably extra liberal than nationwide governments.

Scholars, scholars and a normal viewers ever intrigued through tales—and now truths—of piracy at the excessive seas will welcome Bandits at Sea.

Table of Contents
1 Introduction: dropped at ebook: examining approximately Pirates 3
2 The Pirate and the Emperor: strength and the legislations at the Seas, 1450-1850 25
3 The Geography of Piracy: Northern Morocco within the Mid-Nineteenth Century 55
4 The Origins and rules of Eighteenth-Century British Privateering 69
5 Piracy and global background: An fiscal point of view on Maritime Predation 82
6 Pirates and Markets 107
7 Corsairing as a advertisement method: the sides of valid Trade 125
8 The Seaman as Pirate: Plunder and Social Banditry at Sea 139
9 Outlaws at Sea, 1660-1720: Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity one of the Caribbean Freebooters 169
10 Black males below the Black Flag 195
11 The Buccaneer Community 211
12 The perform of Homosexuality one of the Pirates of overdue Eighteenth- and Early Nineteenth-Century China 244
13 Cheng I Sao in truth and Fiction 253
14 Women and Piracy in eire: From Grainne O'Malley to Anne Bonny 283
15 Liberty underneath the Jolly Roger: The Lives of Anne Bonny and Mary learn, Pirates 299
16 Women one of the Uskoks of Senj: Literary pictures and Reality 321
Contributors 335
Permissions 339
Index 341

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Istanbul: Historical Research Foundation, 1988). 68. D. dissertation, Columbia University, 1970, 39–48. 69. , White Slaves, African Masters: An Anthology of American Barbary Captivity Narratives (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1999). 70. Henry A. Ormerod, Piracy in the Ancient World: An Essay in Mediterranean History (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 1924), 157; Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1997. 71. xv–xviii) (Palma de Mallorca: Conselleria de Cultura, Educació i Esports, Govern Balear, 1990).

Active commerce is indeed a necessary precondition for piracy, but it is not a sufficient one. Rather, the history of piracy in this period shows that it arises above all from change in the political realm—either the will of a state to establish commercial hegemony over an area where it had previously been weak or nonexistent, or from the conflict between two political entities, one an established trading power and the other a newcomer. The prize of piracy is economic, but as a historic phenomenon, the dynamic that creates it is political.

R. Pennell, “Tripoli in the Late Seventeenth Century: The economics of corsairing in a ‘sterill country,’” Libyan Studies 16 (1985): 101–112. 51. Jerome Bookin-Weiner, “Corsairing in the Economy and Politics of North Africa,” in North Africa: Nation, State, and Region, ed. George Joffé (London: Routledge, 1993), 3–33. 52. Ellen G. : University of Wisconsin Press, 1983). 53. Emilio Sola, Cervantes y la Berbería: Cervantes, mundo-turco-berberisco y servicios secretos en la época de Felipe II (Madrid: Fondo de Cultura Económica, 1996).

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