Bandits at Sea: A Pirates Reader

Bandits at Sea: A Pirates Reader


The romantic fiction of pirates as swashbuckling marauders terrorizing the excessive seas has lengthy eclipsed old 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 by way of the major students on those countercultural "social bandits"as Lingua Franca lately dubbed themthis assortment examines a number of facets 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 lower than which they built and flourished.

Comparisons among numerous kinds of piracy illustrate ameliorations in perform and function among pirates of alternative components; social histories, together with examinations of ladies pirates and their ancient importance and conditions, provide comparable perception into the private lives of pirates from diversified 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 an important for his or her survival, marking them as considerably extra liberal than nationwide governments.

Scholars, scholars and a normal viewers ever intrigued by means of talesand now truthsof piracy at the excessive seas will welcome Bandits at Sea.

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