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Palgrave Macmillan

Persistent Piracy

Maritime Violence and State-Formation in Global Historical Perspective

ISBN 9781137352859
Publication Date May 2014
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

Warfare and legitimate violence have long been seen as key elements in state formation. Persistent Piracy brings into the picture the long missing component of maritime violence – and shows it to be of vital importance to the formation and, on occasion, disintegration, of states. Spanning from the Caribbean to East Asia and covering almost 3,000 years of history, from Classical Antiquity to the eve of the twenty-first century, the book is an important contribution to the history of state formation as well as the history of violence at sea. The book has contributions by leading authorities in the field of piracy studies and history more generally: Philip de Souza, Neil Price, Wolfgang Kaiser, Guillame Calafat, James K. Chin, Robert J. Antony, David J. Starkey, Matthew McCarthy, James Francis Warren and Stig Jarle Hansen.

Stefan Eklöf Amirell is Associate Professor of History at the Department of History, Lund University, Sweden, and editor-in-chief of Sweden's leading journal for research in history and economic history, Historisk Tidskrift. He is the author of Pirates in Paradise: A Modern History of Southeast Asia's Maritime Marauders (2006) and numerous articles and book chapters on contemporary piracy and the history of maritime violence and security.
Leos Müller is Professor of History and Director of the Centre for Maritime Studies (CEMAS), Stockholm University, Sweden. He is the author of Consuls, Corsairs, and Commerce: The Swedish Consular Service and Long-Distance Shipping, 1720–1815 (2004) and many articles and book chapters on Early Modern maritime history.

Introduction: Persistent Piracy in World History; Stefan Eklöf Amirell and Leos Müller
1. Piracy in Classical Antiquity: The Origins and Evolution of the Concept; Philip de Souza
2. Ship-Men and Slaughter-Wolves: Pirate Polities in the Viking Age; Neil Price
3. Violence, Protection, and Commerce: Corsairing and ars piratica in the Early Modern Mediterranean; Wolfgang Kaiser and Guillaume Calafat
4. A Hokkien Maritime Empire in the East and South China Seas, 1620–83; James K. Chin
5. Maritime Violence and State Formation in Vietnam: Piracy and the Tay Son Rebellion, 1771–1802; Robert J. Antony
6. A Persistent Phenomenon: Private Prize-Taking in the British Atlantic World, c.1540–1856; David J. Starkey and Matthew McCarthy
7. Trade for Bullion to Trade for Commodities and 'Piracy': China, the West and the Sulu Zone, 1768–1898; James Francis Warren
8. Piracy, Security and State Formation in the Early Twenty-first Century; Stig Jarle Hansen

Robert J. Antony, University of Macau, China
Guillaume Calafat, University Paris 1, France
James K. Chin, Jinan University, China
Philip de Souza, University College Dublin, Ireland
Stig Jarle Hansen, Norwegian University of Life Sciences (UMB)
Wolfgang Kaiser, University Paris 1 (Sorbonne), France
Matthew McCarthy, University of Hull, UK
Neil Price, University of Aberdeen, Scotland, UK
David J. Starkey, University of Hull, UK
James Francis Warren, Murdoch University, Australia


'This collection of eight essays, preceded by an insightful, theoretical introduction, is a winner. Almost every part of the globe is treated, as is almost every historical period … The authors are first-rate, their arguments are new, and the writing is precise … This is an important contribution to the history of the state and will be of interest to a far wider audience than just maritime historians.' — Rafe Blaufarb, Florida State University, USA
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