Villains of All Nations: Atlantic Pirates in the Golden Age

Villains of All Nations: Atlantic Pirates in the Golden Age

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by Marcus Rediker
     
 

ISBN-10: 0807050245

ISBN-13: 9780807050248

Pub. Date: 05/15/2004

Publisher: Beacon

Villains of All Nations explores the Golden Age of Atlantic piracy and the infamous generation whose images underlie our modern, romanticized view of pirates. Award-winning historian Marcus Rediker focuses on the high-seas drama of 1716-1726, which featured the dreaded black flag, the Jolly Roger; swashbuckling figures such as Edward Teach, better known as Blackbeard;…  See more details below

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Villains of All Nations explores the Golden Age of Atlantic piracy and the infamous generation whose images underlie our modern, romanticized view of pirates. Award-winning historian Marcus Rediker focuses on the high-seas drama of 1716-1726, which featured the dreaded black flag, the Jolly Roger; swashbuckling figures such as Edward Teach, better known as Blackbeard; and the unnamed pegleg pirate who was likely Robert Louis Stevenson's model for Long John Silver in Treasure Island.

This novel exploration shows how sailors emerged from deadly working conditions on merchant and naval ships, turned pirate, and created a starkly different reality aboard their own vessels. At their best, pirates constructed their own distinctive egalitarian society, electing officers, dividing their booty equitably, and maintaining a multinational social order.

This unprecedented social and cultural history proves that the real lives of this motley crew -- which included cross-dressing women, people of color, and the "outcasts of all nations" -- are far more compelling than contemporary myth. Pirates challenged and subverted prevailing conventions of race, class, gender, and nationality, posing a radical democratic challenge to the society they left behind. They dared to play the rebellious villains on a floating international stage. The authorities hanged them for it, but the pirates triumphed in the end, winning the battle for the popular imagination in their own day and in ours.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807050248
Publisher:
Beacon
Publication date:
05/15/2004
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.56(w) x 9.08(h) x 0.82(d)

Table of Contents

1A Tale of Two Terrors1
2The Political Arithmetic of Piracy19
3Who Will Go "a Pyrating"?38
4"The New Government of the Ship"60
5"To Do Justice to Sailors"83
6The Women Pirates: Anne Bonny and Mary Read103
7"To Extirpate Them Out of the World"127
8"Defiance of Death Itself"148
Conclusion: Blood and Gold170
Notes177
Acknowledgments222
Index226

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Villains of All Nations: Atlantic Pirates in the Golden Age 1.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
makaser More than 1 year ago
I bought the Nook version of this book for a school assignment and it's missing FIVE chapters! I went through technical support and they confirmed it is something wrong with the file itself. They refunded my money but now I have to find it elsewhere with limited times as it's for school.
Anonymous 8 months ago
The previous reviews summed it up accurately. I would like to say that I appreciate the customer service from BN in helping me resolve the matter. They refunded me immediately so that I can purchase the hard copy. The only thing that's needed to be done is for BN to contact the book's publisher and have them fix the missing chapters. If they can't fix it, then BN should stop selling it. It's like false advertisement. The book is incomplete.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
HUGE portion of the nook book missing. Do not buy! I bought this title for a class in full faith when the term started and now I have to scramble to get a complete copy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago