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Bandits at Sea: A Pirates Reader [Hardcover]

Item : Bandits at Sea: A Pirates Reader [Hardcover]
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ISBN-10 ISBN-10 : 081476679X
ISBN-13 ISBN-13 : 9780814766798
Publisher Publisher : New York University Press
Pages Pages : 364
Binding Binding : Hardcover
Item ID : 100002700

The romantic fiction of pirates as swashbuckling marauders terrorizing the high seas has long eclipsed historical fact.Bandits at Seaoffers a long-overdue corrective to the mythology and the mystique which has plagued the study of pirates and served to deny them their rightful legitimacy as subjects of investigation.

With essays by the foremost scholars on these countercultural social bandits asLingua Francarecently dubbed themthis collection examines various aspects of the phenomenon in the three main areas where it occurred: the Caribbean/Atlantic, the Mediterranean, and East Asia. We come to understand who pirates were, as well as the socio-economic contexts under which they developed and flourished.

Comparisons between various types of piracy illustrate differences in practice and purpose between pirates of different areas; social histories, including examinations of women pirates and their historical significance and circumstances, offer similar insight into the personal lives of pirates from diverse regions. Far from serving as dens of thieves, pirate ships were often highly regulated microcosms of democracy. The crews of pirate vessels knew that majority rule, racial equality and equitable division of spoils were crucial for their survival, marking them as significantly more liberal than national governments.

Scholars, students and a general audience ever intrigued by talesand now truthsof piracy on the high seas will welcomeBandits at Sea.

Long overdue! Stunning in breadth and depth, Bandits at Sea is the pirate historian's who's-who rendesvous. Pennell has pulled together for the first time the best and most recent scholarly work on piracy in the context of the wider world. A fresh look at an old topic. Highly recommended!

-Kris Lane,College of William & Mary

Bandits at Seaprovides the first comprehensive, multi-disciplinary approach to piracy. From hil“ä

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