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Auteur: Snelders, Stephen
Titel: The Devil's Anarchy
Sub titel: The Other Loose and Roving Ways of Life & Very Remarkable Travels of Jan Erasmus Reyning, Buccaneer

Scholarly history of Dutch pirates that doesn't shy away from a good story. First English translations of some key Dutch texts in pirate history. Unique focus on the politics of piracy in the 17th and 18th century. This book explores pirate culture as radical social organization: a salty picture of anarchic pirate life, liberated, pleasurable and violent. Rebelling against hierarchical society and choosing the Jolly Roger, pirates entered the political spheres of anarchist organization and festival, with death and violence ever-present. Pirates created an upside-down world full of heroics as well as the deep horrors of life outside authority. Examining piracy as limited social rebellion, `The Devil's Anarchy' travels from the Hollywood pirate-as-hero to the stories of two great Dutch pirates: Claes Compaen, who terrorized the seas from 1623 to 1627, and Jan Erasmus Reyning, who ruled the seas a half-century later.
2004, 212 pag., Euro 11,95
Autonomedia, New York, ISBN 1570271615


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