Piracy in World History
Piracy in World History
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1 Introduction: Piracy in World History
Stefan Eklof Amirell, Bruce Buchan, and Hans Hagerdal

2 "Publique Enemies to Mankind": International Pirates as a Product of International Politics
Michael Kempe

3 All at Sea: Locke's Tyrants and the Pyrates of Political Thought
Bruce Buchan

4 The Colonial Origins of Theorizing Piracy’s Relation to Failed States
Jennifer L. Gaynor

5 The Bugis-Makassar Seafarers: Pirates or Entrepreneurs?
Hans Hagerdal

6 Piracy in India's Western Littoral: Reality and Representation
Lakshmi Subramanian

7 Holy Warriors, Rebels, and Thieves: Defining Maritime Violence in the Ottoman Mediterranean
Joshua M. White

8 Piracy, Empire, and Sovereignty in Late Imperial China
Robert J. Antony

9 Persistent Piracy in Philippine Waters: Metropolitan Discourses about Chinese, Dutch, Japanese, and Moro Coastal Threats, 1570–1800
Birgit Tremml-Werner

10 Sweden, Barbary Corsairs, and the Hostis Humani Generis: Justifying Piracy in European Political Thought
Joachim Ostlund and Bruce Buchan

11 "Pirates of the Sea and the Land": Concurrent Vietnamese and French Concepts of Piracy during the Second Half of the Nineteenth Century
Stefan Eklof Amirell

12 Pirate Passages in Global History: Afterword
Lauren Benton

Piracy in World History

In a modern global historical context, scholars have often regarded piracy as an essentially European concept which was inappropriately applied by the expanding European powers to the rest of the world, mainly for the purpose of furthering colonial forms of domination in the economic, political, military, legal and cultural spheres. By contrast, this edited volume highlights the relevance of both European and non-European understandings of piracy to the development of global maritime security and freedom of navigation. It explores the significance of ‘legal posturing’ on the part of those accused of piracy, as well as the existence of non-European laws and regulations regarding piracy and related forms of maritime violence in the early modern era. The authors in Piracy in World History highlight cases from various parts of the early-modern world, thereby explaining piracy as a global phenomenon.

Stefan Amirell

Stefan Eklöf Amirell is a professor of global history at Linnaeus University, Sweden, and the director of the Linnaeus University Centre for Concurrences in Colonial and Postcolonial Studies. His research focuses on colonial encounters and maritime violence during the long nineteenth century.

Hans Hägerdal

Hans Hägerdal is a professor of history at Linnaeus University, Sweden. His major fields are East and Southeast Asian history, in particular focusing on early-modern colonial encounters and contact zones, historiographical questions, and the history of slaving.

Bruce Buchan

Bruce Buchan is an intellectual historian specializing in the intersection of colonization with the history of ideas in the late eighteenth century. He is an associate professor in the School of Humanities, Languages, and Social Sciences, at Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia.