The Devil's Anarchy

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The Devil's Anarchy: The Sea Robberies Of The Most Famous Pirate Claes G Compaen & The Very Remarkable Travels Of Jan Erasmus Reyning, Buccaneer.

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By rebelling against hierarchical society and living under the Jolly Roger, pirates created an upside-down world of anarchist organization and festival, with violence and death ever-present. This creation was not a purely whimsical process.

In The Devil's Anarchy, Stephen Snelders examines rare 17th century Dutch pirate histories to show the continuity of a shared pirate culture, embodied in its modes of organization, methods of distributing booty and resolving disputes, and tendencies for high living.

Focusing on the careers of Claes Compaen, a cunning, charismatic renegado who claimed to have stolen more than 350 vessels, and Jan Erasmus Reyning, who hit the seas at age 12 and became a buccaneer in the pirate jungles of Santo Domingo, Snelders paints a salty picture of the excesses, contradictions, and liberatory joys of pirate life.

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Author Stephen Snelders
Publisher Autonomedia
Page Count 212pp
Publication Size 4.5" x 7"
Publication Notes Paperback
Publication Date 2005
ISBN 979-1570271617

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