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

With essays through the most important students on those countercultural "social bandits"—as Lingua Franca lately dubbed them—this assortment examines numerous facets 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 quite a few forms of piracy illustrate ameliorations in perform and objective among pirates of other parts; social histories, together with examinations of girls pirates and their ancient importance and conditions, supply related perception into the private lives of pirates from assorted 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 the most important for his or her survival, marking them as considerably extra liberal than nationwide governments.

Scholars, scholars and a basic 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 booklet: examining 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 law of Eighteenth-Century British Privateering 69
5 Piracy and international historical past: An fiscal 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 below the Black Flag 195
11 The Buccaneer Community 211
12 The perform of Homosexuality one of the Pirates of overdue Eighteenth- and Early Nineteenth-Century China 244
13 Cheng I Sao actually 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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57. Previous work included G. E Rothenberg, “Venice and the Uskoks of Senj 1537–1618,” Journal of Modern History 33 (1961): 148–156; P. Longworth, “The Senj Uskoks Reconsidered,” Slavonic and East European Review 57, no. 3 (1979): 348–368. 58. Wendy Bracewell, “Women among the Uskoks: Literary Images and Reality,” in this collection. 59. Dian Murray, “One Woman’s Rise to Power: Cheng I’s Wife and the Pirates,” in Women in China: Current Directions in Historical Scholarship, ed. Richard W. : Philo Press, 1981), 147–162.

From Newfoundland to Brazil, their innumerable “trafficks, trades and barters” of manufactured goods and trumpery wares for exotic products constituted the main form of exchange between the Old World and the New (with ecological consequences that in our own times are receiving increasing attention). As Spain succeeded in keeping the hands of pirates off its principal Atlantic sea lanes and mainland American empire, petty exchanges concentrated on the margins. On North American and Brazilian coasts and in the Caribbean region, this petty commerce brought new societies into being initially based on plunder and smuggling.

These encounters, analyzed in the fifth section of this chapter, were particularly prominent in the Indian Ocean, where the 28 anne pérotin-dumon European newcomers met an armed resistance to their prohibitions from the established indigenous traders. The sixteenth-century Portuguese, for example, seeking to impose a monopoly over the pepper trade in India, treated the people of Malabar as pirates. Even circumscribed into these three broad episodes, the field of the phenomenon remains vast. It would be wonderful to accomplish what Samuel Johnson proposes in the opening verses of “The Vanity of Human Wishes”: Let observation with extensive view Survey mankind from China to Peru; Remark each anxious toil, each eager strife And watch the busy scenes of crouded [sic] life.

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