Villains of All Nations: Atlantic Pirates in the Golden Age

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Verso, 2004 - Atlantic Coast (U.S.) - 240 pages
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Villains of All Nations is a people's history of piracy--a history that emphasizes how common seamen who turned pirate built for themselves a multicultural, democratic and egalitarian society. This vivid social history of Atlantic piracy focuses on its colorful Golden Age, from 1716 to 1726, the age of the dreaded black flag, the Jolly Roger, as well as swashbuckling figures such as Edward Teach, better known, of course, as Blackbeard. These "outcasts of all nations" imagined--and succeeded in forging--a better world than they had found on the merchant and naval ships on which they had previously worked: they democratically elected their officers, divided their booty in egalitarian way, and fought against the common vicious abuse of sailors. The historical truth about what pirates actually did proves more compelling than the romantic fiction that has grown up around them.
  

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User Review  - Billy Marino - Goodreads

It took me far too long to read this thanks to some laziness post graduating, but every time I picked it up I was captivated. This is the first book by Rediker that I've read, and it certainly won't ... Read full review

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User Review  - Will Caverly - Goodreads

A reexamination of pirates not as marauders, but as freedom seeking plunderers, people who used the ocean to check out of society and follow their own mores. Read full review

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Contents

A Tale of Two Terrors
1
The Political Arithmetic of Piracy
19
Who Will Go a Pyrating?
38
The New Government of the Ship
60
To Do Justice to Sailors
83
The Women Pirates Anne Bonny and Mary Read
103
To Extirpate Them Out of the World
127
Defiance of Death Itself
148
Blood and Gold
170
Notes
177
Acknowledgments
222
Index
226
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Rediker is professor of history at the University of Pittsburgh.

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