Outlaws of the Atlantic: Sailors, Pirates, and Motley Crews in the Age of Sail

Outlaws of the Atlantic: Sailors, Pirates, and Motley Crews in the Age of Sail

Marcus Rediker


This maritime historical past "from lower than" exposes the history-making strength of universal sailors, slaves, pirates, and different outlaws at sea within the period of the tall ship.
 
In Outlaws of the Atlantic, award-winning historian Marcus Rediker turns maritime historical past the wrong way up. He explores the dramatic international of maritime experience, now not from the viewpoint of admirals, retailers, and realms yet from the perspective of commoners—sailors, slaves, indentured servants, pirates, and different outlaws from the past due 17th to the early 19th century. Bringing jointly their seafaring reviews for the 1st time, Outlaws of the Atlantic is an unforeseen and compelling peoples’ background of the “age of sail.”
 
along with his signature bottom-up technique and perception, Rediker unearths how the “motley”—that is, multiethnic—crews have been a driver at the back of the yankee Revolution; that pirates, enslaved Africans, and different outlaws labored jointly to subvert capitalism; and that, within the period of the tall send, outlaws challenged authority from less than deck. 
 
via bringing those marginal seafaring characters into the limelight, Rediker indicates how maritime actors have formed background that many have lengthy considered as nationwide and landed. And by way of casting those rebels by way of sea as cosmopolitan employees of the area, he reminds us that to appreciate the increase of capitalism, globalization, and the formation of race and sophistication, we needs to glance to the sea. 

From the Hardcover edition.

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