Book review:-‘Pirate Enlightenment, or the Real Libertalia’ by D. Graeber,

By Jean-Marc Hill, published May 2024

Abstract

At its most fundamental, Pirate Enlightenment, or the Real Libertalia is a work that raises more questions than it answers, but in doing so, provocatively broadens academic debate on the Enlightenment. As the late David Graeber claims in the preface, Pirate Enlightenment is far from definitive, but it is a thought-provoking and ambitious contribution to both maritime and indigenous scholarship. The fundamental premise that Graeber seeks to impart is a reorientation of the Enlightenment, away from the salons and coffee-houses of Europe, and towards oft-overlooked actors in the peripheries. In this respect, Pirate Enlightenment very much falls into a similar category as Graeber’s previous publication, The Dawn of Everything: A new history of humanity (D. Graeber and D…

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Filed under: Other (Early Modern) | Other (Eighteenth C)
Subjects include: Administration | Biography | Miscellaneous | Pirates, Corsairs & Privateers

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