Bandits at Sea A Pirates Reader
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Description: "Each of the twelve authors deftly plumb the depths of documentary sources, literary analyses, personal observations, biographical and historical accounts to improve vastly on the seemingly two-dimensional nature of the pirate" The Great Circle: Journal of the Australian Association for Maritime History "With this collection, those swashbuckling heroes, or villains, ranging the wide seas in search of pillage and plunder, become individuals and groups situated firmly within their own geographic, political, economic, and historical contexts." Journal of Folklore Research The romantic fiction of pirates as swashbuckling marauders terrorizing the high seas has long eclipsed historical fact. Bandits at Sea offers a long-overdue corrective to the mythology and the mystique which has plagued the study of pirates and served to deny them their rightful legitimacy as subjects of investigation. With essays by the foremost scholars on these countercultural "social bandits" as Lingua Franca recently dubbed them this collection examines various aspects of the phenomenon in the three main areas where it occurred: the Caribbean/Atlantic, the Mediterranean, and East Asia. We come to understand who pirates were, as well as the socio-economic contexts under which they developed and flourished. Comparisons between various types of piracy illustrate differences in practice and purpose between pirates of different areas; social histories, including examinations of women pirates and their historical significance and circumstances, offer similar insight into the personal lives of pirates from diverse regions. Far from serving as dens of thieves, pirate ships were often highly regulated microcosms of democracy. The crews of pirate vessels knew that majority rule, racial equality and equitable division of spoils were crucial for their survival, marking them as significantly more liberal than national governments. Scholars, students and a general audience ever intrigued by tales and now truths of piracy on the high seas will welcome Bandits at Sea .
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All the information you need in one place! Each Study Brief is a summary of one specific subject; facts, figures, and explanations to help you learn faster.
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Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication date: 4/1/2001
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.75" long x 1.00" tall
C. R. Pennell is al-Tajir Lecturer in Middle East History and Senior Lecturer at the University of Melbourne and author of Morocco since 1830 , also available from NYU Press.
|Introduction: Brought to Book: Reading about Pirates||p. 3|
|The Pirate and the Emperor: Power and the Law on the Seas, 1450-1850||p. 25|
|The Geography of Piracy: Northern Morocco in the Mid-Nineteenth Century||p. 55|
|The Origins and Regulation of Eighteenth-Century British Privateering||p. 69|
|Piracy and World History: An Economic Perspective on Maritime Predation||p. 82|
|Pirates and Markets||p. 107|
|Corsairing as a Commercial System: The Edges of Legitimate Trade||p. 125|
|The Seaman as Pirate: Plunder and Social Banditry at Sea||p. 139|
|Outlaws at Sea, 1660-1720: Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity among the Caribbean Freebooters||p. 169|
|Black Men under the Black Flag||p. 195|
|The Buccaneer Community||p. 211|
|The Practice of Homosexuality among the Pirates of Late Eighteenth- and Early Nineteenth-Century China||p. 244|
|Cheng I Sao in Fact and Fiction||p. 253|
|Women and Piracy in Ireland: From Grainne O'Malley to Anne Bonny||p. 283|
|Liberty beneath the Jolly Roger: The Lives of Anne Bonny and Mary Read, Pirates||p. 299|
|Women among the Uskoks of Senj: Literary Images and Reality||p. 321|
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