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 research of pirates and served to disclaim them their rightful legitimacy as topics of investigation.
With essays via the most important students on those countercultural "social bandits"—as Lingua Franca lately dubbed them—this assortment examines quite a few points of the phenomenon within the 3 major parts 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 constructed and flourished.
Comparisons among quite a few different types of piracy illustrate transformations in perform and goal among pirates of alternative components; social histories, together with examinations of girls pirates and their ancient importance and situations, provide related perception into the non-public lives of pirates from diversified 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 the most important for his or her survival, marking them as considerably extra liberal than nationwide governments.
Scholars, scholars and a common viewers ever intrigued through tales—and now truths—of piracy at the excessive seas will welcome Bandits at Sea.
Table of Contents
1 Introduction: delivered to publication: studying approximately Pirates 3
2 The Pirate and the Emperor: energy and the legislations 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 viewpoint on Maritime Predation 82
6 Pirates and Markets 107
7 Corsairing as a advertisement procedure: the sides 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 in reality 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
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Extra resources for Bandits at Sea: A Pirates Reader
It has not inquired into what authority made the laws in the first place, and has failed therefore to identify what power was at stake in such maritime confrontations over trade. Moreover, a legalistic approach runs into the fact that there is not, and never has been, an authoritative definition of piracy in international law. The historio- The Pirate and the Emperor 27 graphical limitations of our topic and ambiguities around the notion of piracy in law and politics are analyzed in the second section of this essay.
13 Western European state-building and commercial expansion were parallel developments that fed upon each other; hence the influence of politics in defining piracy at the time and, conversely, the role of piracy in the nation-building process. The sixteenth and seventeenth centuries witnessed an extraordinary debate over the state’s lawmaking power and the political foundations of law, over the questions of warfare and violence. This was the time when a Francisco de Vitoria could claim that the Hapsburg monarchy’s right to conquest ended where the natural rights of Amerindian societies began; when a Montaigne could write that “laws maintain their credit not because they are just, but because they are laws.
29. Patrick Crowhurst, The French War on Trade: Privateering, 1793–1815 (Aldershot: Scolar Press, 1989); Patrick Crowhurst, “Profitability in French Privateering 1793–1815,” Business History 24 (1982): 48–60. 30. David J. Starkey, British Privateering Enterprise in the Eighteenth Century (Exeter: University of Exeter Press, 1990). 31. Carl E. : University of South Carolina Press, 1991). 32. Gonçal López Nadal, El corsarisme mallorqui a la Mediterránea occidental 1652–1698: Un comerç forçat (Barcelona: Conselleria d’Educació i Cultura de les Balears, 1986).