The Pirate Wars

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  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2006-06-27
  • Publisher: Griffin

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The Pirate Wars takes the romantic fable of oceangoing Robin Hoods sailing under the 'banner of King Death' and contrasts it with the murderous reality of robbery, torture, and murder on the high seas. Noted maritime historian Peter Earle charts centuries of piracy, from Cornwall to the Caribbean, from the sixteenth century to the hanging of the last pirate captain in Boston in 1835. Along the way, we meet characters like Edward Teach, the notorious 'Blackbeard,' the treasure-hungry Captain Kidd, the dreaded corsairs of Barbary, and the defiant buccaneers of the West Indies.The Pirate Wars is an account of the golden age of pirates and of the men of the legitimate navies of the world charged with the task of finally bringing these cutthroats to justice.

Author Biography

Peter Earle formerly taught at the London School of Economics and is now Emeritus Reader in Economic History at the University of London. He is the author of over a dozen books on maritime history.

Table of Contents

Preface vii
Chapter One Pirates of Fable 1(14)
Chapter Two A Nation of Pirates 15(22)
Chapter Three God's Plunderers 37(16)
Chapter Four Cleansing Home Waters 53(16)
Chapter Five Containing the Corsairs 69(18)
Chapter Six The Buccaneers 87(22)
Chapter Seven The Red Sea Men 109(24)
Chapter Eight War Against the Pirates 133(24)
Chapter Nine The Golden Age of Pirates 157(24)
Chapter Ten Extermination 181(28)
Chapter Eleven Maritime Mayhem Revived 209(20)
Chapter Twelve An End to Piracy 229(26)
Notes 255(22)
Bibliography 277(14)
Index 291

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