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The Golden Age of Piracy and the British Contribution to its Development


The Golden Age of Piracy and the British Contribution to its Development


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von: Martin Mares

34,99 €

Verlag: Grin Verlag
Format: PDF
Veröffentl.: 11.12.2019
ISBN/EAN: 9783346081018
Sprache: englisch
Anzahl Seiten: 89

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Doctoral Thesis / Dissertation from the year 2015 in the subject History Europe - Other Countries - Modern Times, Absolutism, Industrialization, grade: A, University College London, language: English, abstract: This work analyses the public perception of the role of privateers and their transition to pirates and examines both negative and positive outcomes in various areas like diplomacy, international trade, legal, racial and gender issues. The entire topic is examined through various cases of pirates including Bartholomew Roberts, Sir Henry Morgan, Mary Read or Henry Avery as well as historical records including letters, trials and pamphlets.

Further, this essay discusses an interesting development of piracy from state-funded expeditions into utterly illegal activity driven by various reasons. Particularly the transition between legal, semi-legal and illicit separates England and Great Britain (from 1707 onwards) from other colonial powers such as France, Spain or Dutch. Despite the fact that they all issued privateering licenses and, therefore they had to face similar problems connected to privateering, the outburst of piracy in the case of England was so dangerous that England (Great Britain) during the late 17th and early 18th century was called a "nation of pirates".

Hence, this work analyses both legal and practical actions against pirates in British colonies and their effectiveness after 1715. The last part of this essay is dedicated to piracy regarding an alternative way of life for disadvantaged social groups in the 17th and 18th century and contemporary negative or positive portrayal of piracy.
Doctoral Thesis / Dissertation from the year 2015 in the subject History Europe - Other Countries - Modern Times, Absolutism, Industrialization, grade: A, University College London, language: English, abstract: This work analyses the public perception of the role of privateers and their transition to pirates and examines both negative and ...