Those travelling on the seas have always been vulnerable to the attacks of predators acting within or without the law. In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries such assaults reached new heights as the development of trans-oceanic empires increased massively the wealth and extent of sea-borne trade, and with it the potential for prize-taking.Pirates and Privateers focuses on the character of pirate communities in the Caribbean, the East Indies and China, and on the scale and significance of privateering operations based in the principal European maritime states. It brings together the latest work of an internationally renowned group of scholars to shed fresh light on the fascinating, frequently misunderstood subject of violence at sea in the age of sail.
E.S. van Eyck van Heslinga is Director of Collections, Netherlands Maritime Museum, Amsterdam. J.A. de Moor is Associate Professor in History, University of Leiden. David J Starkey graduated from the University of Leeds with a degree in Economic History. He then gained an MA in the History of the Atlantic Economy at the University of Exeter, which led to doctoral research into the character, scale and significance of British privateering in the eighteenth century. Having gained his PhD, Dr Starkey was appointed Research Fellow in the Maritime History of Devon project at the University of Exeter, an appointment that was followed by two further research fellowships in maritime history at Exeter. In 1994, Dr Starkey joined the History Department at Hull when he became the holder of the first permanent lectureship to be dedicated to maritime historical studies in the UK university sector - the Wilson Family Lectureship in Maritime History. Dr Starkey is Director of the Maritime Historical Studies Centre at the University of Hull.
List of Contributors David J. Starkey (By (author)) E.S. van Eyck van Heslinga (By (author)) J.A. de Moor (By (author)) J. L. Anderson (Contributions by) Patrick Crowhurst (Contributions by) Ole Feldbaek (Contributions by) Corrie Reinders Folmer (Contributions by) Erik Goebel (Contributions by) Elys van Eyck van Heslinga (Contributions by) Faye Kert (Contributions by) Ghislayne Loyré (Contributions by) Jaap de Moor (Contributions by) Dian Murray (Contributions by) Goncal López Nadal (Contributions by) Jan Parmentier (Contributions by) Marcus Rediker (Contributions by) Robert C. Ritchie (Contributions by) David J. Starkey (Contributions by) Jan Van Zijverden (Contributions by)
... the inclusion of essays concerning numerous countries allows the opportunity to compare the economic impact of piracy and privateering in a variety of areas.
International Journal of Maritime History
... Adds greatly to the corpus of solid research.
The International History Review
... As a quantity of new evidence, intriguingly presented, it is certainly a valuable piece of work.
The Great Circle, vol. 19, No. 2
The book is a new and wide-ranging study showing how privateering and piracy played a central role in 18th and 19th century maritime and economic history. All the essays are exceptionally well supported with documentary references. Maps, illustrations, tabulated data and a sound index complete a most satisfying and scholarly study.