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Bartholomew Roberts with his ship and captured merchant ships in the background. A copper engraving from 'A History of the Pyrates' by Captain Charles Johnson c. 1724

CFP: Buccaneers, Corsairs, Pirates and Privateers – Connecting the Early Modern Seas. International Symposium, 13-14 April 2018

International Symposium, FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg & University of Bielefeld Bielefeld University (Germany), 13-14 April 2018 Deadline for submissions: 9 August 2017 Until recently manifestations of piracy as well as of its state-sanctioned counterpart, privateering, were mostly discussed as geographically isolated cultural phenomena. Depictions of armed robbery at sea in the early modern period have traditionally tended to focus […]

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Navigating Empire: Ports, Ships and Global History

Professor Jonathan Hyslop delivered a fascinating and stimulating keynote lecture for the Social History Conference delegates on the 1st April 2015 entitled ‘Navigating Empire: Ports, Ships and Global History,’ an excerpt of which is below. The lecture was a call to theorize three core elements of the maritime in connecting transnational, imperial and global histories, […]

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Review: Daniel Owen Spence, Colonial Naval Culture and British Imperialism, 1922-67

Review: Daniel Owen Spence, Colonial Naval Culture and British Imperialism, 1922-67. Manchester University Press, Studies in Imperialism, 2015 – full details here. This is not your traditional naval history. Aligning himself with those whom he describes as ‘cultural-naval historians’ (2), Spence aims – as he puts it in the book’s final sentence – to understand […]

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Christmas Wishes From the Fleet

As it is approaching Christmas I thought it might be appropriate to put a few of the Christmas themed sources I have accrued to some use. Considering naval men were (as they still are) often away from home at Christmas, it comes as no surprise that they often sent home Christmas cards to family at […]

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