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Elusive Pirates, Pervasive Smugglers

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9789888028115
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882206915 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5790/hongkong/9789888028115.001.0001
Elusive Pirates, Pervasive Smugglers

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Piracy and smuggling are as great a problem today as they were several hundreds of years ago. The studies in this book describe and analyze piracy and smuggling in the Greater China Seas region from the sixteenth century to the present. Because piracy and smuggling involve complex historical processes that are still evolving, to fully understand contemporary problems it is important to place them in larger historical and comparative perspectives. The essays in this book add to the scholarship on East and Southeast Asian history, and in particular to the maritime history of the region we call the Greater China Seas. This is the first book to analyze the whole region from Japan to Southeast Asia as a single, integrated historical and geographical area. The book departs from the standard terra centered histories to place the seas at the center rather than at the margins of our inquiries. By focusing on the water we are better able to stitch together the diverse histories of Japan, China, and Southeast Asia. The chapters in this anthology show that, although often dismissed as historically unimportant, pirates and smugglers have in fact played significant roles in the development of the modern world.

Keywords: piracy; smuggling; Greater China Seas; Southeast Asian history; maritime history; development; modern world

Book.  220 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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Introduction: in Elusive Pirates, Pervasive Smugglers

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Violence at Sea: in Elusive Pirates, Pervasive Smugglers

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From Sea Bandits to Sea Lords:<sup>1</sup> in Elusive Pirates, Pervasive Smugglers

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Merchants, Smugglers, and Pirates: in Elusive Pirates, Pervasive Smugglers

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Poor but Not Pirates: in Elusive Pirates, Pervasive Smugglers

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The Business of Violence: in Elusive Pirates, Pervasive Smugglers

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