ISBN-10: 0814766781

ISBN-13: 9780814766781

The romantic fiction of pirates as swashbuckling marauders terrorizing the excessive seas has lengthy eclipsed historic 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 topics of investigation.

With essays through the most important students on those countercultural "social bandits"—as Lingua Franca lately dubbed them—this assortment examines quite a few elements 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 below which they built and flourished.

Comparisons among a number of forms of piracy illustrate ameliorations in perform and goal among pirates of other components; social histories, together with examinations of girls pirates and their historic importance and situations, provide related perception into the private lives of pirates from different areas. faraway from serving as dens of thieves, pirate ships have been frequently 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 basic viewers ever intrigued by way of tales—and now truths—of piracy at the excessive seas will welcome Bandits at Sea.

Table of Contents
1 Introduction: delivered to publication: interpreting approximately Pirates 3
2 The Pirate and the Emperor: energy 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 law of Eighteenth-Century British Privateering 69
5 Piracy and international heritage: An financial point of view on Maritime Predation 82
6 Pirates and Markets 107
7 Corsairing as a advertisement method: 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 less than 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 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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John Anderson’s chapter looks at the other side of the question: the costs of piracy and privateering to the victims, to trade, and so to the wealth of the organized state. The second part of the book consists of chapters that pick up on some of Introduction 19 these themes and develop them in particular case studies. My own (Richard Pennell’s) article on northern Morocco situates piracy geographically in a region of poor resources, weak government, and ample opportunity. Ken Kinkor’s previously unpublished paper examines the nature of pirate communities and how they included black men, a group that was excluded from most legal communities at the time.

Women Pirates and the Politics of the Jolly Roger (Montreal: Black Rose Books, 1997), 185. 75. Peter Lamborn Wilson, Pirate Utopias: Moorish Corsairs and European Renegades (New York: Autonomedia, 1996). 76. St. Augustine, The City of God, trans. Henry Bettenson (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1972), book 4, chapter 4. 77. Henry Kahane, Renée Kahane, and Andreas Tietze, The Lingua Franca in the Levant: Turkish Nautical Terms of Italian and Greek Origin (Istanbul: ABC, 1988), 195. Chapter 2 The Pirate and the Emperor Power and the Law on the Seas, 1450–1850 Anne Pérotin-Dumon For elegant and excellent was the pirate’s answer to the great Macedonian Alexander, who had taken him: the king asking him how he durst molest the seas so, he replied with a free spirit, “How darest thou molest the whole world?

These men were convinced that, in spite of Iberian claims, the sea and the riches of “Peru” or “Brazil,” unlike those of the Mediterranean and the Indian Ocean, were free and open to their enterprises. The Dutch—who persisted in these views (and acted on them) later than other Northern Europeans—coined an appropriate name for themselves and others of their kind: vribuiter or freebooter. Such pirates, explorers, and traders prepared the way for regular maritime connections across the Atlantic and for the rise of new merchant empires 34 anne pérotin-dumon following those of the Iberians.

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