A Trade of No Dishonor: Piracy, Commerce, and Community in the Western Indian Ocean, Twelfth to Sixteenth Century

TitleA Trade of No Dishonor: Piracy, Commerce, and Community in the Western Indian Ocean, Twelfth to Sixteenth Century
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsPrange, S
JournalThe American Historical Review
Volume116
Issue5
Pagination1269-1293
ISBN Number0002-8762
KeywordsCommerce, History, Indian Ocean, International trade, ISW, piracy, POLITICS, Trade, VIOLENCE, World history
Abstract

Accounts of travel and trade in the Indian Ocean are rife with pirates. This is especially evident in sources dealing with the period from the twelfth century onward, which saw a marked expansion of seaborne trade across the ocean. The frequent references to the experience or perceived threat of pirate attacks within these sources stand in curious contrast to the historiography of the pre-European Indian Ocean, which propagates a vision of a peaceful maritime milieu unmarred by violence. Here, Prange examines piracy through indigenous conceptions and practices. He, also looks at the role of piracy in the trade and politics of the western Indian Ocean.

Awarded the 2013 Biennial Article Prize of the Forum on European Expansion and Global Interaction.

URLhttp://ahr.oxfordjournals.org/content/116/5/1269.extract
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