Book Review – ‘Dugway-Trouin: armateur malouin, Corsaires Brestois’ by Jean-Yves Nerzic
Admiral Nerzic’s book carries a commendatory preface by Professor Michel Verge-Franceschi of the Academie de marine. This same preface includes witty comments regarding Nerzic’s family relationship to the renowned Rene Duguay-Trouin, and the author’s historical studies at a high level. Duguay-Trouin is a substantial publication dealing with an aspect of French maritime history which compels attention, both scholarly and popular. Indeed, French privateering was a remarkable institution over a long period, arguably achieving its most influential role around the close of the eighteenth century – when, for instance, privateers sailing under the tricolour ensign of Revolutionary France played no small part in shaping the foreign policy of the emergent United States….