Piracy in Asian Waters

Part 1: The Social and Economic Dynamics of Piracy in Early Modern Asia—An Introduction

in Journal of Early Modern History
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Abstract

Seafaring, and especially the use of seaborne violence, in the early modern period is strongly associated with European naval activity. In this issue and the next, this perspective is challenged through a sustained interrogation of indigenous piracy in Asian waters. A series of studies highlight the persistence, sophistication, and breathtaking scale of Asian piracy. They show how piracy was deeply ingrained in the social worlds, commercial exchanges, and political contestations across the Asian littoral. Based on these insights, it is argued that the study of piracy reveals the significance of an often-overlooked dimension of Asian maritime enterprise in the early modern period.

Piracy in Asian Waters

Part 1: The Social and Economic Dynamics of Piracy in Early Modern Asia—An Introduction

in Journal of Early Modern History

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Andrew Opitz“Pirates and Piracy: Material Realities and Cultural Myths,” darkmatter Journal 5 (2009) 1.

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See Reid“Violence at Sea” 19. On this point also see Prange “Trade of No Dishonor.”

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