Bandits at Sea: A Pirates Reader

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

With essays via the key 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 parts 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 constructed and flourished.

Comparisons among a variety of kinds of piracy illustrate ameliorations in perform and objective among pirates of alternative parts; social histories, together with examinations of girls pirates and their old value and situations, provide comparable perception into the private lives of pirates from different 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 common viewers ever intrigued by means of tales—and now truths—of piracy at the excessive seas will welcome Bandits at Sea.

Table of Contents
1 Introduction: dropped at ebook: interpreting approximately Pirates 3
2 The Pirate and the Emperor: strength and the legislation 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 heritage: An fiscal viewpoint on Maritime Predation 82
6 Pirates and Markets 107
7 Corsairing as a advertisement procedure: the perimeters 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 past due Eighteenth- and Early Nineteenth-Century China 244
13 Cheng I Sao in reality 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 photographs and Reality 321
Contributors 335
Permissions 339
Index 341

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Different laws supported differing policies: either, as in the case of English and French monarchies after the Iberians, to control trading routes and monopolies; or, as in the case of the Dutch Republic, to keep trade open and free— save in regions where the Dutch themselves claimed a monopoly. Both types of policies, however, involved the power of a state. The fact that public authorities decided on matters of navigation and trade ultimately sealed the fate of pirates, even when, as in the Dutch case, the state opted for freedom of trade and the seas.

These examples illustrate another political dimension of piracy to which I will later return: A dynamics 32 anne pérotin-dumon of power is at play between an established power of superior strength and a newcomer of lesser, lacking recognition, that challenges it. Confrontations at sea were both an important instrument of state power and of a measure of the degree to which state authority was actually established. 13 Western European state-building and commercial expansion were parallel developments that fed upon each other; hence the influence of politics in defining piracy at the time and, conversely, the role of piracy in the nation-building process.

Wolf, The Barbary Coast: Algiers under the Turks 1500–1830 (New York: W. W. Norton, 1979). 17. Stephen Clissold, The Barbary Slaves (London: Paul Elek, 1977). 18. Kola Folayan, Tripoli during the Reign of Yusuf Pasha Qaramanli (Ile-Ife: University of Ife Press, 1979). 19. Peter Earle, Corsairs of Malta and Barbary (London: Sidgwick and Jackson, 1970). 20. C. M. Senior, A Nation of Pirates: English Piracy in Its Heyday (Newton Abbot: David and Charles, 1976). 21. Peter Kemp and Christopher Lloyd, The Brethren of the Coast: The British and French Buccaneers in the South Seas (London: Heinemann, 1960).

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