The complete history

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  • Author: Angus Konstam
  • Short code: GNM
  • Publication Date: 10 Aug 2008
  • Number of Pages: 336
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Piracy has been around since man took to the sea. In this book, pirate expert Angus Konstam sails through the brutal history of piracy, from the pirates who plagued the Ancient Egyptians to the Vikings raids and on to the era of privateers. He then 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. By separating the realities of piracy from the Hollywood-inspired fiction, and by tracing the development of piracy through the centuries, this book gives a realistic vision of what piracy actually involves.

Biographical Note

Angus Konstam is a prolific author, with over 50 historical titles in print. Over 30 of these have been for Osprey. His piratical titles include The History of Pirates (Lyons Press, New York, 1999), Pirates! and Pirates, 1680-1730 (both Osprey Publishing, Oxford, 2000) and The Pirate Ship (Osprey Publishing, Oxford, 2003). Other publications include History of Shipwrecks, A Historical Atlas of Exploration, and The Spanish Galleon. He studied history and archaeology at the Scottish universities of Aberdeen and St Andrews, and is also a former naval officer, an underwater archaeologist and a museum curator. He advised the archaeologists who excavated Blackbeard's Queen Anne's Revenge, and has made several TV appearances for the History Channel.


Introduction 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 Pirates 11: Pirates in Fiction Conclusion Endnotes Bibliography Index

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