Archive Results For: Pirates

Book review:-‘The Punishment of Pirates: Interpretation and institutional order in the early modern British Empire’ by M. Norton

By Graham Moore

In The Punishment of Pirates, Matthew Norton asks vital questions about the formulation of piracy within Anglophone history. The book proposes that a turning point in the (British) ‘pacification process’ against piracy (p. 3) was made feasible by a fundamental shift in the way piracy was culturally defined, arguing for ‘the genesis of a coordinated […] Read More

Filed under: Pirates
Subjects include: Administration | Pirates, Corsairs & Privateers | Strategy & Diplomacy

Newfoundland Cod and English Piracy in the Early Seventeenth Century

By Graham Moore

Newfoundland’s cod fisheries were a vital resource in the development and sustenance of Europe’s early modern maritime economies. As the fisheries preyed on cod, they in turn were preyed upon by a new threat in the form of pirates. The pattern of piracy in Newfoundland in the first decades of the seventeenth century provides an […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Pirates | Other (Eighteenth C)
Subjects include: Pirates, Corsairs & Privateers | Whaling & Fishing

Review:- ‘Suppressing Piracy in the Early Eighteenth Century: Pirates, merchants and British imperial authority in the Atlantic and Indian Oceans’ by D. Wilson

By Jeremy Land

Testing the traditional narrative of a stateled effort by Britain to eradicate piracy in the Atlantic and Indian Oceans in the first few decades of the eighteenth century, David Wilson questions the archive and finds a different story than the one commonly accepted in the historiography. Rather than focus on the imperial record, Wilson utilizes […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Eighteenth Century | Pirates | Indian Ocean | Caribbean
Subjects include: Pirates, Corsairs & Privateers | Strategy & Diplomacy

Book Review-‘The War Against the Pirates: British and American suppression of Caribbean piracy in the early nineteenth century’ by B. Gough andC. Borras

By Benjamin Arnstrong

The recent rise in piracy studies has moved the history of maritime crime and oceanic security beyond the popular history or swashbuckling romantic tales of misunderstood men and women on the seven seas. Examinations of the economics of piracy, the motivations of individual sailors and captains, and how these actors related to the wider issues […] Read More

Filed under: Pirates | Other (Nineteenth C)
Subjects include: Pirates, Corsairs & Privateers

Book Review-‘Ports, Piracy and Maritime War: Piracy in the English Channel and the Atlantic, c. 1280– c. 1330’ by Thomas K. Heebøll-Holm

By H.J.K.Jenkins

Expressed in a perhaps surprising manner within a scholarly publication, the author’s preface to this book opens thus: ‘I have never been a big fan of pirates.’ Some readers may feel that a strand of surprise threads its way throughout the subsequent pages, published as part of a Brill series that involves various aspects of […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Late Middle Ages | English Channel | Pirates
Subjects include: Pirates, Corsairs & Privateers

Book Review-‘Piracy in the Early Modern Era: An anthology of sources’ by K. Lane and A. Bialuschewski

By Claire Jowitt

Pirates and piracy are perennially popular topics at all levels of student and school curricula, and among the general public alike. But they are also romanticized and poorly understood subjects. As a result, a well-selected, affordably priced anthology of sources and documents on these issues, and about important individuals, dating to piracy’s first global age […] Read More

Filed under: Early Modern | Pirates
Subjects include: Pirates, Corsairs & Privateers

Book Review -‘Pirates: A new history, from Vikings to Somali raiders’ by P. Lehr

By Powell, Nush

Peter Lehr has put together an unusually inclusive account of pirates past and present, a useful volume that acquaints the reader with the basic elements of piracy across the globe and historical eras, from buccaneers to Barbary to Balangingi. We find time to learn of monks (yes, plural) who became pirates, and of the differences […] Read More

Filed under: Pirates
Subjects include: Pirates, Corsairs & Privateers

The Law and Language of Private Naval Warfare

By N. A. M. Rodger

Piracy and privateering figure very extensively in history, and in current affairs, but much of the discussion is undermined by the common failure to define the terms and understand the legal distinctions between them. Moreover it is essential to consider with care the translation of languages and legal systems. The paper attempts to clarify the […] Read More

Filed under: High Middle Ages | Other (Early Modern) | Pirates | Other (Eighteenth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Administration | Pirates, Corsairs & Privateers

Turbulent Waters: Sea Raiding in Early Modern South East Asia

By Robert J. Anthony

Between 1500 and 1860 piracy in South East Asia was a multinational enterprise, involving European, American, Chinese, Japanese, and indigenous sea raiders. Although Western pirates occasionally made their way into South East Asian waters, they never posed as much of a threat to the prosperity and stability of the area as the buccaneers had done […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Early Modern) | Pirates | Pacific | Other (location)
Subjects include: Pirates, Corsairs & Privateers

Le Corsaire idéal: the Life of Dublin Mariner Patrick Dowlin, c. 1756–96

By Seán T. Rickard

This article assesses the little-known or documented history of Irish bucker,2 American privateer and French naval officer Patrick Dowlin, encompassing the period of the American War of Independence. It also provides information regarding Dowlin’s closest compatriots and describes several ruses used by smugglers, privateers and their armateurs at sea or ashore in achieving their goals. […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | English Channel | Irish Sea | Pirates | Other (Eighteenth C)
Subjects include: Biography | Pirates, Corsairs & Privateers

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