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THE MANY HEADED HYDRA: THE HIDDEN HISTORY OF THE REVOLUTIONARY ATLANTIC

By Peter Linebaugh and Marcus Rediker

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VILLAINS OF ALL NATIONS: ATLANTIC PIRATES IN THE GOLDEN AGE

By Marcus Rediker

Published: January 2013

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THE MANY HEADED HYDRA: THE HIDDEN HISTORY OF THE REVOLUTIONARY ATLANTIC

Long before the American Revolution and the Declaration of the Rights of Man, a motley crew of sailors, slaves, pirates, laborers, market women, and indentured servants had ideas about freedom and equality that would for ever change history.

Distinguished historians Peter Linebaugh and Marcus Rediker reveal the lost stories of the dispossessed and their role in shaping the modern world. From a history littered with Kings, Queens and conquest, the authors offer an account from the bottom up, asking, as Brecht had in his poem A WORKER READS HISTORY – “by whose hands and misery were empires built?”

Linebaugh and Rediker navigate the dreams of the downtrodden, whose rebellions across Europe, the Caribbean, Africa and North America are described in rich detail from initial spark to brutal repression. They look to a time that proposed a radical alternative to the development of globalized capitalism.

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Praise for THE MANY HEADED HYDRA

“A landmark in the development of an Atlantic perspective on early American history. Ranging from Europe to Africa to the Caribbean and North America, it makes us think in new ways about the role of working people in the making of the modern world.” – Eric Foner

“This is a marvelous book. Linebaugh and Rediker have done an extraordinary job of research into buried episodes and forgotten writings to recapture, with eloquence and literary flair, the lost history of resistance to capitalist conquest on both sides of the Atlantic.” – Howard Zinn

“More than just a vivid illustration of the gains involved in thinking beyond the boundaries between nation-states. Here, in incendiary form, are essential elements for a people’s history of our dynamic, transcultural present.” – Paul Gilroy, author of THE BLACK ATLANTIC

“THE MANY-HEADED HYDRA is a wonderful book. Its passion and commitment encourages its readers to think associatively, to make progressive connections” – Sukhdev Sandhu, GUARDIAN

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VILLAINS OF ALL NATIONS; ATLANTIC PIRATES IN THE GOLDEN AGE

Pirates have long been stock figures in popular culture, from Treasure Island to the more recent antics of Jack Sparrow. VILLAINS OF ALL NATIONS unearths the thrilling historical truth behind such fictional characters and rediscovers their radical democratic challenge to the established powers of the day.

Concentrating on the years 1716-26, Rediker paints, in bold colors, a picture of a loose-knit band of rebels united under the dreaded Jolly Roger against oppressive treatment at the hands of naval and merchant captains alike. The black flag symbolized an anti-nation, a brutal but egalitarian society where decisions were taken democratically, booty shared and outcasts of all races and both sexes were treated equally – provided of course they could stand the tough and often very short life of a sea dog.

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Praise for VILLAINS OF ALL NATIONS

“Rediker’s brilliant study illuminates every aspect of life on the high seas.”– NEW STATESMAN

“Marcus Rediker’s social and cultural history of the “golden age” of Atlantic piracy in the early 18th century dispels some of the romanticised myths and makes claims for a proto-democratic, egalitarian and multi-ethnic society.” – FINANCIAL TIMES

“Rediker’s work on piracy … has revolutionised not only the way we see pirates, but also the way we understand the history of political institutions in the West. This is his fullest account to date of the democratic, egalitarian, multi-racial and utterly ruthless pirate communities of the early 18th century.”– LONDON REVIEW OF BOOKS

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Peter Linebaugh is Professor of History at the University of Toledo. He writes extensively on British history, Irish history, labor history and the history of the colonial Atlantic. His books include THE MAGNA CARTA MANIFESTO, THE MANY-HEADED HYDRA and THE LONDON HANGED, and he contributes frequently to COUNTERPUNCH.

Marcus Rediker is Distinguished Professor of Atlantic History at the University of Pittsburgh and author of THE SLAVE SHIP: A HUMAN HISTORY and VILLAINS OF ALL NATIONS: ATLANTIC PIRATES IN THE GOLDEN AGE.

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THE MANY HEADED HYDRA:

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NATIONAL CRITICAL LAWYERS’ GROUP CONFERENCE 2011

The State We’re In

University of Kent, Canterbury
5th – 6th March 2011

http://www.nclg.org.uk/Conference%202010/Conference%202011%20index.htm

The National Critical Lawyers’ Group is proud to present the National Critical Lawyers Conference 2011, hosted in Woolf College at the University of Kent at Canterbury by the UKC Critical Lawyers’ Group.

The conference is sponsored by Kent Law School, Social & Legal Studies.and the Haldane Society This year’s conference, entitled ‘The State We’re In’, will provide space for critical discussion of a wide range of issues including the Financial Crisis and Funding Cuts; Israel and Palestine; the war in Iraq; Disability Rights; Equality Issues; Law, Gender and Sexuality; EU & Sovereignty; Environmental Issues; Justice within Asylum and Immigration Law; Ethics of Medical Law; Corporate Governance and Capitalism; Comparative Law; Critical Legal Education; Privacy & Censorship; Housing Law and many others.

Plenary speakers include:

Courtenay Griffiths QC;

Michael Mansfield QC; 

Liz Davies;

Vera Baird MP;

Phil Shiner;

Roger Smith;

Professor Bill Bowring;

Professor Alex Callinicos;

Sir Burton Hall; and

Professor Paddy Ireland 

We encourage students, academic, practitioners, activists and anyone else with an interest in the law to attend as a means of stimulating critical legal thought and action.

We hope to provide Continuing Professional Development hours accredited by both the Bar Council and the Law Society for both speakers and attendees.

There will also be subsidised accommodation available to students. As this accommodation is limited in number, it will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis.

Provisional Timetable

Saturday 5th March 2011

0900-1045: Arrivals & Registration (Woolf College, University of Kent)

1045-1100: Welcome address

1100-1300: Plenary Session

11300-1400pm: Lunch

1400-1530pm: Panel Session 1

1530-1600: Coffee Break

1600-1800pm: Plenary Session 2

There will be a Drinks Reception kindly sponsored by the Vice-Chancellor of The University of Kent during the evening.

Sunday 6th March 2011

0930-1100: Panel Session 2

1100-1130: Coffee Break

1130-1300: Panel Session 3

1300-1400: Lunch

1400-1600: Plenary Session 3

Panel Sessions

This year’s panel sessions include:

   · The War on Terror

   · Inequality and Property

   · EU and Sovereignty

   · Access to Justice

   · Piracy

   · Can law protect the planet ‘Aarhus Convention’

   · Ethics of Medical Law

   · International War and Law

   · Human Rights

   · Justice within Asylum and Immigration Law

   · Criminal Justice

   · Corporate Governance/Capitalism

   · Critical Look at Comparative Law

   · Legal Education/Pro-Bono

   · Equality Bill

   · Disability Rights

   · Privacy/Censorship – ‘Where are we with Article 10’

   · Housing

   · Surveillance

   · Law, Gender and Sexuality

   · Race and the Law

   · The Financial and Economic Crisis

   · World Trade and Finance

   · Israel and Palestine

   · Critical Legal Education

The National Critical Lawyers’ Group local organising committee: nclg2011@kent.ac.uk

Ian Grigg-Spall
Academic Chair
National Critical Lawyers Group
Kent Law School
University
Canterbury
CT2 7NS
Tele 01227 766233

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PIRATES AND PIRACY – MATERIAL REALITIES AND CULTURAL MYTHS

Editorial Notes: Pirates and Piracy – Material Realities and Cultural Myths

By Andrew Opitz

This special issue of darkmatter sets out to examine the complicated and often incongruous cultural meanings assigned to pirates and piracy in the twenty-first century. Debates about piracy have long featured certain telling contradictions. At different times, pirates have been seen as both violent monsters and colorful folk heroes. They have been cast by historians and cultural critics as both capitalist marauders and militant workers fighting for a restoration of the commons. How can we account for these seemingly incompatible visions? Of course, it is important to observe that pirates were hardly uniform in their social and political orientations. Some were greedy opportunists. Some were desperate sailors and slaves driven to mutiny. Others were somewhere in-between. We should also recognize that our understanding of piracy is powerfully shaped by our economic interests and our relationship with the law. The propertied targets of piratical theft are quick to view pirates as criminal actors outside the bounds of civilized behaviour, but the dispossessed are inclined to take a more nuanced approach that admires the defiance of the pirates at the same time as it fears their violence.

It is also important to note that pirates now have a symbolic importance that transcends the basic material conditions behind their banditry. Our enduring cultural fascination with pirates is tied to their status as celebrated figures of rebellion and nonconformity in popular novels and films. Although the actual history of maritime robbery is sordid and contradictory, the pirate has become a compelling symbol of freedom: freedom from oppressive work routines; freedom from polite behaviour; freedom from institutional controls; freedom from restrictive property laws; freedom from unjust social conventions surrounding race and gender roles. We now apply the pirate label to an assortment of activities – from the formation of transgressive sexual identities to the technology-assisted defiance of copyright law – that have little or nothing to do with the sea or those who “go down to it in ships.” The articles assembled in this special issue take a broad approach to the study of pirates and piracy, examining diverse subjects ranging from the working-class politics of transatlantic piracy in the eighteenth century to the actions of Nigerian media pirates in the twenty-first century and recent debates about Somali pirates within East African immigrant communities in North America.

The authors who contributed to this special issue of darkmatter have approached the cultural politics of pirates and piracy from different angles. They are historians, literary critics, legal scholars and media/cultural theorists. However, their scholarship is linked by the shared understanding that modern piracy, like the modern world itself, is inextricably bound to the history of colonial and neo-colonial relations of production and the legacy of racial and class conflict that they produced – a history that forged the global capitalist order that continues to shape our everyday relationships with other people. 

Pirates are often dismissed in the media as exotic anachronisms – colorful characters out of step with present realities. But the forces that produced, and continue to produce pirates – global shipping, the extraction of resources from colonial and neocolonial holdings, the mobilization and control of labor in the service of investment capital – still drive our world today. Studying pirates and their ongoing cultural resonance is hardly a frivolous activity. It is necessary for a true understanding of the socially uneven, violent and unstable world in which we live – a world that is still very much at sea.

Andrew Opitz
Guest Editor

Editorial Notes: Pirates and Piracy – Material Realities and Cultural Myths by Andrew Opitz • 20 Dec 09

Revolution Bootlegged: Pirate Resistance in Nigeria’s Broken Infrastructure by Jason Crawford • 20 Dec 09

Digital Pirates and the Enclosure of the Intellect by Irmak Ertuna • 20 Dec 09

Where’s the Booty?: The Stakes of Textual and Economic Piracy as Seen Through the Work of Kathy Acker by Paige Sweet • 20 Dec 09

Life Under the Jolly Roger: Reflections on Golden Age Piracy – Interview with Gabriel Kuhn by Nora Räthzel • 20 Dec 09

Hostis humani generis. History of a multi-faceted word by Salvatore Poier • 20 Dec 09

Atlantic Orientalism: How Language in Jefferson’s America Defeated the Barbary Pirates by Angela Sutton • 20 Dec 09

Voyage of the Black Joke: Piracy and Gallows Humor in an Era of Primitive Accumulation by Andrew Opitz • 20 Dec 09

The Pirate and the Colonial Project: Kanhoji Angria by Derek L. Elliott • 20 Dec 09

Unravelling Narratives of Piracy: Discourses of Somali Pirates by Muna Ali and Zahra Murad • 20 Dec 09

‘Liberty or Life!’: The Convict Pirates of the Wellington by Erin Ihde • 20 Dec 09

See: http://www.darkmatter101.org/site/category/journal/issues/5-pirates-and-piracy/

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