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Pillaging the Empire : Global Piracy on the High Seas, 1500-1750 (Hardcover) (Kris Lane)
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Between 1500 and 1750, European expansion and global interaction produced vast wealth. As goods traveled by ship along new global trade routes, piracy also flourished on the world’s seas.Pillaging the Empire tells the fascinating story of maritime predation in this period, including the perspectives of both pirates and their victims. Brushing aside the romantic legends of piracy, Kris Lane pays careful attention to the varied circumstances and motives that led to the rise of this bloodthirsty pursuit of riches, and places the history of piracy in the context of early modern empire building.
This second edition of Pillaging the Empire has been revised and expanded to incorporate the latest scholarship on piracy, maritime law, and early modern state formation. With a new chapter on piracy in East and Southeast Asia, Lane considers piracy as a global phenomenon. Filled with colorful details and stories of individual pirates from Francis Drake to the women pirates Ann Bonny and Mary Read, this engaging narrative will be of interest to all those studying the history of Latin America, the Atlantic world, and the global empires of the early modern era.
This second edition of Kris Lane?s best-selling Pillaging the Empire retains its concise narrative form, but now includes an updated review of pirate scholarship since the first edition was published in 1998, including a new section on piracy in East and Southeast Asia in the early modern period. Lane?s treatment of piracy between 1500 and 1750 remains unique in its broad coverage and inclusion of victims? perspectives. With the inclusion of new material on piracy in East and Southeast Asia, the book is now unique for narrating global piracy.
This engaging story of maritime predation from the age of Columbus to the reign of Charles V of Spain is a fascinating account of the complex phenomenon that was the classic age of piracy. The well-known pirate leaders such as Francis Drake and Henry Morgan are present along with lesser-known figures such as Ann Bonny and Mary Read, two of the few female pirates on record.Pillaging the Empire brushes aside many legends, and pays careful attention to the varied circumstances and still more varied motives that led to the rise of this bloodthirsty pursuit of riches.