Piracy: The Complete History

Piracy The Complete History When we think of pirates we conjure up images of Blackbeard and Captain Kidd or even fictional pirates such as Long John Silver Captain Hook and Captain Jack Sparrow These historical characters all

  • Title: Piracy: The Complete History
  • Author: Angus Konstam
  • ISBN: 9781846032400
  • Page: 311
  • Format: Hardcover
  • When we think of pirates we conjure up images of Blackbeard and Captain Kidd, or even fictional pirates such as Long John Silver, Captain Hook and Captain Jack Sparrow These historical characters all hailed from one period Known as The Golden Age of Piracy , this period only lasted around a quarter of a century from around 1700 until 1725 However, piracy has been aroWhen we think of pirates we conjure up images of Blackbeard and Captain Kidd, or even fictional pirates such as Long John Silver, Captain Hook and Captain Jack Sparrow These historical characters all hailed from one period Known as The Golden Age of Piracy , this period only lasted around a quarter of a century from around 1700 until 1725 However, piracy has been around a lot longer than that In fact ever since people started venturing onto the sea, others were waiting to waylay them.Pirate expert Angus Konstam sails through the brutal history of piracy, from the pirates who plagued the Ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans to the Viking raids on northern Europe through the golden age of piracy and on to the era of privateers who flourished during a period of constant warring on the European continent He then examines the West s initial encounters with Eastern pirates off the Chinese coast whose confederations had sprung up in the 17th century and whose actions were severely hampering the West by the 19th century Finally Konstam examines the phenomenon of the modern pirate, preying on modern super tankers The reality of piracy is that it is a vicious, often deadly business By separating the realities of piracy from the Hollywood inspired fiction, and by tracing the development of piracy through the centuries, this book gives a realistic vision of what piracy actually involves.
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    • Meredith Holley (Sparrow) says:

      I’m just going to say what we’re all thinking: what the hell is wrong with this book? I don’t know about you, but I want my pirates to be more like this:[image error]This book argues that pirates are actually like this:I read this book for a class on pirates that I took in Zanzibar. “Crimes of the high seas” is how the class was billed. It was like one of those freaking Jerry Bruckheimer movies where there’s more action in the preview than in the feature. I don’t know how I could h [...]

    • Samanta says:

      I am fascinated with pirates, simple as that, but I admit that my fascination comes from movies and books that I've read and seen. I am guilty of every single though and feeling an average person has when reading about pirates. But, I also wanted to learn beyond that romantic picture I have in my head and this book helped in in that mission immensely. The book definitely justifies its subtitle, A complete history. While, at times it may feel like too much information, one has to admit that the a [...]

    • Beth says:

      Piracy: The Complete History remains one of my favourite history books. The focus of the book is mostly on the history of piracy in the Caribbean, from the earliest raids in the Spanish Main up to the decline of piracy with the end of the "Golden Age". But this story is supported by chapters on the ancient and medieval world, followed by chapters on the Indian Ocean, Chinese pirates, and piracy in the modern day.Konstam's style is easily readable, avoiding academic stuffiness and telling the his [...]

    • Eben says:

      This book, along with Johns' The Nature of the Book: Print and Knowledge in the Making are indispensable reading for anyone trying to understand what is now happening in the book world. The transition period Johns analyses in these two (lengthy and comprehensive) volumes provides many parallels to our own period.

    • Bobbi says:

      So far I am rather enjoying this book. It starts with piracy in ancient times and continues to the present day. The author does not romanticize his subject, but tells what life was really like not only for the pirates, but the people they robbed and killed.

    • Jon says:

      A fun look at some pirate arrrrchives, yea, I read the whole thing just so I could write that review

    • Chidams says:

      Recent Pirates interested me in this Just started.

    • Caitlin says:

      Very good, very detailed book on the history of pirates. I enjoyed it and was one of the most comprehensive books on this topic that I have read- and enjoyed!!!

    • Christine D says:

      I love reading about pirates but I have not been a fan of konstams books. I prefer republic of pirates and under the black flag.

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