Pirates and Privateers

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Those travelling on the seas have always been vulnerable to the attacks of predators acting within or without the law. In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries such assaults reached new heights as the development of trans-oceanic empires increased massively the wealth and extent of sea-borne trade, and with it the potential for prize-taking.
 
Pirates and Privateers focuses on the character of pirate communities in the Caribbean, the ...

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Overview

Those travelling on the seas have always been vulnerable to the attacks of predators acting within or without the law. In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries such assaults reached new heights as the development of trans-oceanic empires increased massively the wealth and extent of sea-borne trade, and with it the potential for prize-taking.
 
Pirates and Privateers focuses on the character of pirate communities in the Caribbean, the East Indies and China, and on the scale and significance of privateering operations based in the principal European maritime states. It brings together the latest work of an internationally renowned group of scholars to shed fresh light on the fascinating, frequently misunderstood subject of violence at sea in the age of sail.

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Editorial Reviews

International Journal of Maritime History
“...the inclusion of essays concerning numerous countries allows the opportunity to compare the economic impact of piracy and privateering in a variety of areas.” –International Journal of Maritime History, 1999
The International History Review
“. . . adds greatly to the corpus of solid research.” –The International History Review, June 1998
The Great Circle
“. . . as a quantity of new evidence, intriguingly presented, it is certainly a valuable piece of work.” –The Great Circle, vol. 19, No. 2, 1997
Lloyd's List
“The book is a new and wide-ranging study showing how privateering and piracy played a central role in 18th and 19th century maritime and economic history. All the essays are exceptionally well supported with documentary references. Maps, illustrations, tabulated data and a sound index complete a most satisfying and scholarly study.” –Lloyd's List, June 14, 1997
International Journal of Maritime History
. . . the inclusion of essays concerning numerous countries allows the opportunity to compare the economic impact of piracy and privateering in a variety of areas.
Great Circle
. . . as a quantity of new evidence, intriguingly presented, it is certainly a valuable piece of work.
International History Review
. . . adds greatly to the corpus of solid research.
International History Review
. . . adds greatly to the corpus of solid research.
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Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction

Government Measures against Piracy and Privateering in the Atlantic Area, 1750-1850 Robert C. Ritchie

Hydrarchy and Libertalia: The Utopian Dimensions of Atlantic Piracy in the Early Eighteenth Century Marcus Rediker

Living and Working Conditions in Chinese Pirate Communities 1750-1850 Dian Murray

Living and Working Conditions in Philippine Pirate Communities 1750-1850 Ghislaine Loyré

Piracy in the Eastern Seas, 1750-1850: Some Economic Implications J L Anderson

Mediterranean Privateering between the Treaties of Utrecht and Paris, 1715-1856: First Reflexions Gonçal Lopèz Nadal

A Restless Spirit: British Privateering Enterprise, 1739-1815 David J Starkey

Cruising in Colonial Waters: The Organisation of North American Privateering in the War of 1812 Faye Kert

Experience, Skill and Luck: French Privateering Expeditions, 1792-1815 Patrick Crowhurst

The Organization of a Privateering Expedition by the Middelburgse Commercie Compagnie, 1747-1748 Corrie Reinders Folmer-van Prooijen

The Risky Alternative: Dutch Privateering during the Fourth Anglo-Dutch War, 1780-1784 Jan van Zijverden

Profit and Neutrality: The Case of Ostend, 1781-1783 Jan Parmentier

Privateers, Piracy and Prosperity: Danish Shipping in War and Peace, 1750-1807 Ole Feldbaek

The Voyage of the Bornholm: Danish Convoy Service in the Caribbean, 1780-1781 Erik Goebel

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