The Pirate World

A History of the Most Notorious Sea Robbers

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The Pirate World

A History of the Most Notorious Sea Robbers

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Highly illustrated with colour images and specially commissioned maps throughout, this is a unique exploration of the pirate world.

Often romanticised in print and on the silver screen, real-life pirates were a brutal menace that plagued the high seas. In this book, Angus Konstam separates myth from reality, tracing the history of piracy through the centuries, from the pirates who plagued the Ancient Egyptians to the Viking raids and on to the era of privateers.

He discusses the so-called 'Golden Age of Piracy' and colourful characters such as Blackbeard and Captain Kidd, before examining the West's initial encounters with Eastern pirates off the Chinese coast and the phenomenon of the modern pirate.

Table of Contents


1. Pirates of the Ancient World
2. Medieval Pirates
3. The Sea Dogs of the Renaissance
4. Mediterranean Corsairs
5. The Buccaneers
6. The Golden Age of Piracy
7. The Pirate Round
8. The Last of the Pirates
9. The Chinese Pirates
10. Modern Piracy
11. Pirates in Fiction

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Product details

Published 21 Feb 2019
Format Hardback
Edition 1st
Extent 336
ISBN 9781472830975
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Dimensions 242 x 190 mm
Series General Military
Short code GNM
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

About the contributors


Angus Konstam

Angus Konstam is a Fellow of the Royal Historical…


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