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dc.contributor.authorFinnegan, Oliver John
dc.date.accessioned2019-06-12T15:27:06Z
dc.date.available2019-06-12T15:27:06Z
dc.date.issued2019-07-19
dc.date.submitted2018-09-28
dc.identifier.urihttps://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/293574
dc.description.abstractThis dissertation retells the history of pirates in the anglophone world, 1688-1707. It argues that the appellation “pirate” became applied to some within global seafaring communities as part of a contest among people of middling means to define the purpose and organisation of overseas expansion. These merchants, landowners, priests and politicians acted as part of an “Age of Projects”, a societal impulse triggered by the hardships of war, in which people attempted unlikely schemes for financial as well as political and social gain. Many of their plans were colonial or imperial in scope, and pirates – imagined as the absolute enemy of thalassocracy – retained a particular value within them, as they could be pinpointed as signifiers of larger moral and ideological deviance within the societies who hosted them. Defining who was or was not a pirate, eradicating or returning them to landed society, and rooting out their abettors became a means for individuals to demonstrate control over movements of people and, in turn, to advance a particular vision of empire. By exploring how pirates were created as part of this phenomenon, the thesis uses the methodologies of global history. Each chapter is oriented around a project in which the eradication of pirates became central, and traces the local, regional and global contexts which influenced its attempted realisation. In particular, Chapter 1 considers how admiralty courts attempted to suppress “piratical” Franco-Irish connections in Europe and the Atlantic. Chapter 2 traces the relationship between the Company of Scotland’s Darien Scheme and Caribbean piracy. Chapter 3 examines how the Earl of Bellomont attempted to use the existence of Madagascar pirates to transpose Irish colonisation strategies to North America. Chapter 4 focuses upon how Anglicans on both sides of the Atlantic used the sheltering of pirates in Pennsylvania to aid the creation of a missionary society. Chapter 5 covers three attempts to colonise Madagascar, which formed part of a larger contest over how exchange between the Atlantic and Indian Oceans should be managed.
dc.description.sponsorshipPhD funded by the Cambridge AHRC.
dc.language.isoen
dc.rightsAll rights reserved
dc.subjectNorth America
dc.subjectCaribbean
dc.subjectEngland
dc.subjectScotland
dc.subjectIreland
dc.subjectIndian Ocean
dc.subjectAtlantic Ocean
dc.subjectJacobites
dc.subjectCompany of Scotland
dc.subjectEast India Company
dc.subjectHenry Avery
dc.subjectThomas Green
dc.subjectWilliam Kidd
dc.subjectThomas Vaughan
dc.subjectFranco-Irish
dc.subjectQuakers
dc.subjectPhiladelphia
dc.subjectNew York
dc.subjectEntangled history
dc.subjectConnected history
dc.subjectAtlantic history
dc.subjectMigration
dc.subjectTrade
dc.subjectReligion
dc.subjectLaw
dc.subjectHigh Court of Admiralty
dc.subjectGeorge Keith
dc.subjectRichard Coote
dc.subjectPirates
dc.subjectPiracy
dc.subjectBuccaneers
dc.subjectPanama
dc.subjectDarien Venture
dc.subjectThomas Bowrey
dc.subjectJohn Aylward
dc.subjectHelena Aylward
dc.subjectDaniel Defoe
dc.subjectAge of Projects
dc.subjectProjector
dc.subjectProjecting
dc.subjectImperialism
dc.subjectColonialism
dc.subjectSlavery
dc.titlePirates in the Age of Projects, 1688-1707
dc.typeThesis
dc.type.qualificationlevelDoctoral
dc.type.qualificationnameDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)
dc.publisher.institutionUniversity of Cambridge
dc.publisher.departmentHistory
dc.date.updated2019-06-12T14:33:50Z
dc.identifier.doi10.17863/CAM.40708
dc.publisher.collegePembroke College
dc.type.qualificationtitleDoctor of Philosophy in History
cam.supervisorO'Reilly, William
cam.thesis.fundingtrue
rioxxterms.freetoread.startdate2020-06-12


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