Bandits at Sea: A Pirates Reader / Edition 1

Bandits at Sea: A Pirates Reader / Edition 1

by C.R. Pennell
     
 

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

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Overview

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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814766781
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
07/16/2012
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
360
Sales rank:
720,367
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.02(h) x 1.09(d)

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1Introduction: Brought to Book: Reading about Pirates3
2The Pirate and the Emperor: Power and the Law on the Seas, 1450-185025
3The Geography of Piracy: Northern Morocco in the Mid-Nineteenth Century55
4The Origins and Regulation of Eighteenth-Century British Privateering69
5Piracy and World History: An Economic Perspective on Maritime Predation82
6Pirates and Markets107
7Corsairing as a Commercial System: The Edges of Legitimate Trade125
8The Seaman as Pirate: Plunder and Social Banditry at Sea139
9Outlaws at Sea, 1660-1720: Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity among the Caribbean Freebooters169
10Black Men under the Black Flag195
11The Buccaneer Community211
12The Practice of Homosexuality among the Pirates of Late Eighteenth- and Early Nineteenth-Century China244
13Cheng I Sao in Fact and Fiction253
14Women and Piracy in Ireland: From Grainne O'Malley to Anne Bonny283
15Liberty beneath the Jolly Roger: The Lives of Anne Bonny and Mary Read, Pirates299
16Women among the Uskoks of Senj: Literary Images and Reality321
Contributors335
Permissions339
Index341

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