Pillaging the Empire

Pillaging the Empire : Global Piracy on the High Seas, 1500-1750

3.5 (2 ratings by Goodreads)
By (author) 

Free delivery worldwide

Available. Dispatched from the UK in 2 business days
When will my order arrive?

Description

Between 1500 and 1750, European expansion and global interaction produced vast wealth. As goods traveled by ship along new global trade routes, piracy also flourished on the world's seas. Pillaging the Empire tells the fascinating story of maritime predation in this period, including the perspectives of both pirates and their victims. Brushing aside the romantic legends of piracy, Kris Lane pays careful attention to the varied circumstances and motives that led to the rise of this bloodthirsty pursuit of riches, and places the history of piracy in the context of early modern empire building.





This second edition of Pillaging the Empire has been revised and expanded to incorporate the latest scholarship on piracy, maritime law, and early modern state formation. With a new chapter on piracy in East and Southeast Asia, Lane considers piracy as a global phenomenon. Filled with colorful details and stories of individual pirates from Francis Drake to the women pirates Ann Bonny and Mary Read, this engaging narrative will be of interest to all those studying the history of Latin America, the Atlantic world, and the global empires of the early modern era.
show more

Out of ideas for the holidays?

Visit our Gift Guides and find our recommendations on what to get friends and family during the holiday season. Shop now .

Product details

  • Paperback | 252 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 15.24mm | 386g
  • ROUTLEDGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • 2nd New edition
  • 2 Tables, black and white; 22 Illustrations, black and white
  • 0765638428
  • 9780765638427
  • 1,224,317

Black Friday Deals Week

Check out this week's discounts for Black Friday Deals Week. Shop now .

Table of contents

List of Tables, Maps, and Figures





Preface and Acknowledgments





Preface for Second Edition





A Chronology of Early Modern Piracy in the Americas





Introduction





1 Spain and the Sixteenth-Century Corsairs





2 Smugglers, Pirates, and Privateers: The Elizabethans





3 From the Low Countries to the High Seas: The Dutch Sea-Rovers





4 The Seventeenth-Century Caribbean Buccaneers





5 Buccaneers in the South Sea





6 The Last Buccaneers and Pirate Suppression





Conclusion





Appendix 1: Table of Early Modern Pirates and Contemporary European Monarchs





Appendix 2: Piracy in the South China Sea





Glossary of Terms





Select Bibliography





Index





About the Author
show more

Review quote

Praise for the first edition:


"Lane has told this story with great verve, bringing alive the fabulous characters who were the buccaneers while also filling out the less well-known story of Spanish efforts at defense."


-Hispanic American Historical Review, Robert C. Ritchie, Huntington Library





"Kris Lane weaves a tale of pirate activities in the Americas and of Spanish responses to those activities that reveals aspects of pirate life and culture not usually addressed in the standard histories of Latin America. He demythologizes the pirates of popular culture and places them in their broader historical context....An intriguing, concise, and informative work that students are bound to enjoy."


-H-LatAm, H-Net Reviews, James E. Wadsworth, University of Arizona
show more

About Kris Lane

Kris Lane holds the France V. Scholes Chair in Colonial Latin American Historyat Tulane University. He is the author of Colour of Paradise: The Emerald in the Age of Gunpowder Empires and Quito 1599: City and Colony in Transition. He is currently writing a book on the colonial history of Potosi, Bolivia.
show more

Rating details

2 ratings
3.5 out of 5 stars
5 0% (0)
4 50% (1)
3 50% (1)
2 0% (0)
1 0% (0)
Book ratings by Goodreads
Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Close X