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Trade for Bullion to Trade for Commodities and ‘Piracy’

Warren, J.F.ORCID: 0000-0003-0055-6730 (2014) Trade for Bullion to Trade for Commodities and ‘Piracy’. In: Amirel, S., Müller, L. and Amirell, S.E., (eds.) Persistent Piracy Maritime Violence and State-Formation in Global Historical Perspective. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 152-174.

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Maritime-raiding or ‘piracy’ already existed when the Portuguese arrived in Asia at the turn of the sixteenth century.1 But the incidence of piracy in South East Asia only rose dramatically in direct response to colonialism and Western enterprise. There is a strong interconnective relationship between the ascendancy of long-distance maritime-raiding on a regional scale and the development of an economic boom in South East Asia linked to the advent of the China trade at the end of the eighteenth century. In this context, maritime-raiding was closely linked to slaving and slavery as social and economic phenomena that became a crucial part of an emergent global commercial system and economic growth in the Asian region.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Arts
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright: © 2014 Palgrave Macmillan
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