- Title: Pirates of Barbary
- Author: Adrian Tinniswood
- ISBN: 9780099523864
- Page: 316
- Format: Paperback
From the coast of Southern Europe to Morocco and the Ottoman states of Algiers, Tunis and Tripoli, Christian and Muslim seafarers met in bustling ports to swap religions, to battle and to trade goods and sales raiding as far as Ireland and Iceland in search of their human currency.Studying the origins of these men, their culture and practices, Adrian Tinniswood expertlyFrom the coast of Southern Europe to Morocco and the Ottoman states of Algiers, Tunis and Tripoli, Christian and Muslim seafarers met in bustling ports to swap religions, to battle and to trade goods and sales raiding as far as Ireland and Iceland in search of their human currency.Studying the origins of these men, their culture and practices, Adrian Tinniswood expertly recreates the twilight world of the corsairs and uncovers a truly remarkable clash of civilisationsDrawing on a wealth of material, from furious royal proclamations to the private letters of pirates and their victims, as well as recent Islamic accounts, Pirates of Barbary provides a new perspectives of the corsairs and a fascinating insight into what it meant to sacrifice all you have for a life so violent, so uncertain and so alien that it sets you apart from the rest of mankind.
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RRRRRRRRrrrrandstuffOkay, so this may not be as wild and fantastical as The Pirates of the Caribbean, but Adrian Tinniswood did a great job bringing this version of swashbuckling history to life. There are some salacious tales of daring, but Pirates of Barbary goes beyond the expected stereotypes and gives the real story, much of it unpleasant. But it's also more complex than it seems. These pirates were doing more than just plundering the Mediterranean from their North African ports. They were [...]
Sorry, no Johnny Depp, no Keira Knightly (although there are some cameos by different and longer-lasting types of stars--Dryden, the Admiralty functionary Samuel Pepys and both John and John Quincy Adams in their diplomatic days). The subject of "Pirates of Barbary" is the century-long effort of the British government, Stuarts and Cromwells, to secure a safe trading route for the country's merchant ships to and from Mediterranean ports, with a coda on the American war of the early nineteenth cen [...]
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3 StarsThe US and most other editions of this book are subtitled ‘Corsairs, Conquests and Captivity in the 17th-Century Mediterranean’ and that probably gives a more accurate impression of the contents because, for a book titled ‘Pirates of Barbary‘, I really didn’t think there was much of a focus on the actual pirates.It started off well in the foreword, emphasising the disparity in the way that history and popular culture have portrayed European/American and African pirates. ‘The w [...]
Strictly speaking, the pirates of the Barbary Coast weren't pirates at all but corsairs or privateers. That is, they weren't operating outside of all law; they were operating under licence from the city-states of North Africa--Algiers, Tunis, and Tripoli, in particular--and with financial investment from merchants and business interests, to whom they owed a portion of their takings. European states had long done the same thing, of course, but they didn't much like being on the receiving end. The [...]
I'm going to be that guy spouting "did you know HEY HEY DID YOU KNOW this about pirates!?" for the next few weeks. It's easily one of my favorite non-fiction books shortly after putting it down.Did you know England created a catastrophic colony off the African northern: Tangier? It went like so bad. The king spent his own money to fortify the bay, and Britain ended up destroying the whole city to keep it off the hands of the Moors, who were (possibly) allowing the city to be built up as a juicy [...]
This is a thoroughly academic work -- which at times is entertaining. If you are looking for meticulous research and fine writing, then you will enjoy this book. As a lover of history, I learned a great deal, particularly about the slave trade in the 17th and 18th century of white Europeans. No, not white Europeans trading slaves; white Europeans being kidnapped (sometimes by the village-full) and sold. This is a tragic piece of history that you'll never learn about in school, but is no less tra [...]
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I thought I had enough pirate books, till I saw this one specifically dealing with the Barbary pirates of Algiers, Tripoli etc. It's well researched and scholarly but also written in a delightfully lively style - see this sardonic little piece on everyone's dream job - not: "The governorship of Tangier was not a passport to success. The Earl of Peterborough was recalled to England after 11 months, amidst allegations of corruption and incompetence. His successor, the Earl of Teviot, managed a yea [...]
This book is NOT a systematic history of the Barbary pirates. The chronology is sometimes confusing and there is little attempt to present facts and figures systematically, nor is there much in the way of social or economic analysis.But its a very readable collection of highlights and anecdotes. The focus is on Britain, so don't expect much about the French, Italian or Spanish sides of this saga (all of whom had more experience with Barbary pirates than Britain did, but then, this is a British b [...]
During history class in school, I first heard of the Barbary Coast and the exploits of a US Navy officer named Stephen Decatur. I always wondered about the Barbary pirates and Adrian Tinniswood has answered my questions in this history. He concentrates on the seventeenth century but covers the history of Tripoli, Tunis and Algiers as centers of piracy from the sixteenth through the early nineteenth century, using anecdotes, personal narratives and other sources to support a narrative that sweeps [...]
A great read!It might be hard to believe, but this book and piracy, connects a lot of the missing dots of international relations between the Islamic and Christian Worlds. Many of today's events stem from this conflict.Many conceptions of pirates today are 'fake' - in a sense they are not Ho HO Ho people who look 100% like Jack Sparrow. Most of them are Muslims. This being a narrative of a historical book, which makes reading engaging and easy, I would say it is a recommended reading for many pe [...]
Pirates of Barbary by Adrian Tinniswood ReviewThe unhappy truth about this book is that it misrepresents its own discussion matter by focusing on something else entirely. A more adept name would have been English Pirates of Barbary in relation to the Crown and its subjects. The book is not a complete history or even an appropriate analysis of the subject of the Pirates of Barbary; their breadth, range and nature beyond that of Anglo-centric considerations and when the book attempts to be so it i [...]
The New York Times is quoted on the pb cover: "Bloody good entertainment." I totally agree: just a joy to read. Firstly Tinniswood is an excellent and accomplished story-teller and here instead of a straight chronological history of this swashbuckling era, he takes a different subject for each chapter. It may be a notable pirate, a King's Consul, a place (eg. Tangier, Tripoli) and weaves their/its story with an eye to showing how their times and experiences were characteristic of the age of the [...]
This book was surprisingly easy to read, fun and (if you'll excuse the pun) captivating.Having finally finished the book I feel greatly benefited by knowing a brief history of the region and the world context in which Piracy in the Barbary existed, thrived and ultimately died.I would definitely recommend this book to anyone interested in either pirates, naval or European history.A solid 4/5 stars from me!My full review is here: tariqk/books/review-p
The book approaches the history of the Barbary corsairs from the European perspective, and spends a great deal of the first section discussing the Euro pirates who "went Turk" and joined the Barbary corsairs as well as converted to Islam.
Everything you wanted to know about pirates without Hollywood's blinding lights masking the facts.For history enthusiasts only. For those who seek a funner, less academic read, stay clear of this text.
Interesting history of how piracy shaped the world and international relations from the 1600s to the early 1800s. Built out of interesting anecdotes and original reportage, by nature very episodic, and though less coherent than a single narrative it is never boring.
Fascinating account of the Barbary Pirates and their European renegade comrades
Fascinating, thoroughly researched account of a largely forgotten time. Oh, and PIRATES! lots and lots of pirates.
A must-read for every student and fan of American history.
Very academic. Not a bad thing, but if you're looking for a fun, summer read, this may be a bit dry for your taste.
The title of this engrossing and well researched history of 17th century piracy is a little misleading due to the nature of piracy during this period. While the author does focus most of his research on the pirate activities of corsairs off the coast of North Africa, this work is really about the economic and military impact of piracy (or privateering depending on whose ships where attacked and who did the attacking). The economic impact of piracy was felt throughout Continental Europe and the B [...]
The 17th Century neatly bookends the story of piracy in the Mediterranean. For a few decades the protagonists struggle on but in reality by the end of Adrian Tinniswood's rumbustious tale, these pirates - both the semi-legal, government-authorised corsairs and the defiantly independent free lancers - have lost their means of existence. But what an existence it was.The Barbary coast ports of Algiers, Tunis and Tripoli attracted greedy adventurers and devout defenders of one faith or another. They [...]
Things I knew about pirates before I read this book: Thomas Jefferson sent sailors to beat them up--thus "from the shores of Tripoli.Things I knew after reading this book: A lot more.It's weird to think of an entire economy based on taking over ships and stealing all their stuff. However, that's effectively how the pirate states in north Africa paid their bills. This book goes through not only the beginning of piracy (the British called them "privateers" when they were stealing from Spain), but [...]
This is as much a study of international relations as a story of 17th Century piracy. Although Tinniswood provides a surprisingly detailed narrative on some individual corsairs, politicians, captives and military men, it is his examination of the relationship between the corsairs, the Barbary states, and the European powers Tinniswood's book finds its modern relevance. The difficult compromise states must make between principles and pragmatism is clearly evident in Tinniswood's description of ho [...]
The Economist said this was a novel about how a biography and social history can ‘work magnificently together’. No, no, no, Economist. No. Social history can NEVER work with biography. That is the law. When you try to view the actions of a bunch of Barbary Pirates through the lenses of a social or political theology (if you will) of the 21rst Century… well, you are going to get someone’s ideological crusade. Adrian Tinniswood would have done well to stick with writing about country homes [...]
Before I read about this book, I knew almost nothing of the pirates of the Barbary Coast who were the scourge of the Mediterranean in the 1700s, other than that the Marine Hymn refers to shores of Tripoli sand has some relationship to cleaning up the Barbary coast. The author of this book covers the pirates in admirable detail and it becomes clear that these people were as often European as Arabs or other denizens of the Ottoman Empire, though the latter were often the sponsors of the attacks. I [...]
While I'm fairly familiar with the.history of Carribian piracy, I knew practically nothing about the institutionalized piracy of the Barbary Coast. A well-researched popular history, this book seems to be a good overview of the subject. I had no idea how vital the Corsairs were to the economies of the various Islamic territories, and the extent to which they were supoorted by the local rulers. This work also has some very thought-provoking things to say about how these states and corsairs and th [...]
Was expecting a little more info on the pirates themselves however as a study of why piracy was taking place it was really interesting. Dealt more with the economics of trade between Europe and the middle east and the internal political maneuvering of the pirate’s states, their loose ties with the ottoman empire, treaties with Europeans, and the public opinion of England. Some cool firsthand accounts of battles, and escapes and such but on a whole it read like a text book and I didn't like how [...]
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