December, 2014

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

Marcus Rediker
  • David Skarbek

    Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, Brown University
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There are many histories written from the perspective of the Captain, the General, the King, and the President. While doubtlessly providing important insights, Marcus Rediker has sought to provide a different perspective, one “from below.” In Outlaws of the Atlantic: Sailors, Pirates, and Motley Crews in the Age of Sail, he examines a variety of experiences, employments, and escapades encountered by the poorest, weakest, most abused, and illicit members of the maritime community. Given that Rediker has studied this historical period for many years, the book does not disappoint in providing a rich depiction of times past. 

Read the article at Cambridge Journals Online.