The romantic fiction of pirates as swashbuckling marauders terrorizing the excessive seas has lengthy eclipsed historic truth. Bandits at Sea deals 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 matters of investigation.
With essays by means of the key 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 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 less than which they built and flourished.
Comparisons among a variety of forms of piracy illustrate modifications in perform and objective among pirates of alternative parts; social histories, together with examinations of ladies pirates and their ancient importance and situations, supply related perception into the non-public lives of pirates from varied 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 an important for his or her survival, marking them as considerably extra liberal than nationwide governments.
Scholars, scholars and a normal 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: interpreting 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 rules of Eighteenth-Century British Privateering 69
5 Piracy and global historical past: An financial point of view on Maritime Predation 82
6 Pirates and Markets 107
7 Corsairing as a advertisement approach: 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 lower than 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 truth 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 photos and Reality 321