Pirates of Barbary

Pirates of Barbary

Corsairs, Conquests, and Captivity in the Seventeenth-century Mediterranean

Book - 2010
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Penguin Putnam
The stirring story of the seventeenth-century pirates of the Mediterranean-the forerunners of today's bandits of the seas-and how their conquests shaped the clash between Christianity and Islam.

It's easy to think of piracy as a romantic way of life long gone-if not for today's frightening headlines of robbery and kidnapping on the high seas. Pirates have existed since the invention of commerce itself, but they reached the zenith of their power during the 1600s, when the Mediterranean was the crossroads of the world and pirates were the scourge of Europe and the glory of Islam. They attacked ships, enslaved crews, plundered cargoes, enraged governments, and swayed empires, wreaking havoc from Gibraltar to the Holy Land and beyond.

Historian and author Adrian Tinniswood brings alive this dynamic chapter in history, where clashes between pirates of the East-Tunis, Algiers, and Tripoli-and governments of the West-England, France, Spain, and Venice-grew increasingly intense and dangerous. In vivid detail, Tinniswood recounts the brutal struggles, glorious triumphs, and enduring personalities of the pirates of the Barbary Coast, and how their maneuverings between the Muslim empires and Christian Europe shed light on the religious and moral battles that still rage today.

As Tinniswood notes in Pirates of Barbary, "Pirates are history." In this fascinating and entertaining book, he reveals that the history of piracy is also the history that shaped our modern world.



Baker & Taylor
Delivers the stirring story of the 17th-century pirates of the Mediterranean--the forerunners of today's bandits of the seas--and how their conquests shaped the clash between Christianity and Islam.

Blackwell Publishing
The Stirring True Story of the Seventeenth-Century Pirates of the Mediterranean---The Forerunners of Today's Bandits of the Seas---And Hoe Their Legendary Conquests Shaped the Divisions Between Christianity and Islam.

Pirates have existed since the invention of commerce itself, and they reached the zenith of their power during the 1600s, when the Mediterranean was the crossroads of the world and pirates were the scourge of Europe and the glory of Islam, as they attacked ships, enslaved crews, and plundered cargoes. In short, the pirates of the time wreaked havoc from Gibraltar to the Holy Land and beyond.

Historian and author Adrian Tinniswood brings alive this dynamic and surprising chapter in history, when clashes between pirates in northern Africa and European powers---England, France, Spain, and Venice---grew increasingly intense and dangerous. Barbary pirates enraged governments and swayed empires from east to west. There was always much to lose, and everything to gain. In vivid detail, Tinniswood recounts the brutal struggles, glorious triumphs, and enduring personalities of the pirates of the Barbary Coast, and explains how their maneuverings between the Muslim empires of the East and Christian Europe shed light on the religious and moral battles that still rage today.

As Tinniswood notes in `Pirates of Barbary, "Pirates are history." And in this fascinating and entertaining book, he makes it clear that history of piracy is also the history that helped shape our modern world.

Baker
& Taylor

It's easy to think of piracy as a romantic way of life long gone--if not for today's headlines of robbery and kidnapping on the high seas. Pirates have existed since the invention of commerce itself, but they reached the zenith of their power during the 1600s, when the Mediterranean was the crossroads of the world, and pirates were the scourge of Europe and the glory of Islam. They attacked ships, enslaved crews, plundered cargoes, enraged governments, and swayed empires. Historian Adrian Tinniswood brings alive this chapter in history, where clashes between pirates of the East--Tunis, Algiers, and Tripoli--and governments of the West--England, France, Spain, and Venice--grew increasingly intense and dangerous, and he shows how their maneuverings betweenthe Muslim empires and Christian Europe shed light on the religious and moral battles that still rage today.--From publisher description.
Presents the story of the seventeenth-century pirates of the Mediterranean--the forerunners of today's bandits of the seas--and how their conquests shaped the clash between Christianity and Islam.

Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2010
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9781594487743
Branch Call Number: 909.09822 TIN
Characteristics: xx, 343 p. :,ill. ;,24 cm.

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