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The Story of the Barbary Corsairs [Kindle Edition]

Stanley Lane-Poole , J. D. Jerrold (James Douglas Jerrold) Kelley

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 287 KB
  • Print Length: 136 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1444455524
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004TIJO88
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nineteenth century history of the Barbary Pirates 11 Sept. 2012
By Hill Country Bob - Published on
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The review by ElliotCB is excellent and provides a useful guide to the book. I concur in my admiration for the author and his research and writing abilities. The book does show its age, however, this did not bother me after I understood his style.

Interesting book written over one hundred years ago. Well researched and comprehensive story regarding the Barbary Corsairs and the reactions to them over the centuries by western countries and navies. The Barbary Corsairs were pirates sponsored by Muslim city states in North Africa. Essentially, they were pirates preying on Christians and Jews of Western Europe, and later America. European countries generally paid tribute to the pirates to keep their ships from being attacked and taken and their sailors and others imprisoned or held for ransom. Their practices were much like the Somalia pirates of today. They were a parasite on the productive citizens of the western world. Well done book. It is worth thinking about and applying the lessons to today.
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3.0 out of 5 stars History from a different perspective 7 Nov. 2013
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The book was published in 1890, so it exhibits the plodding style of the day, and it is, after all, a historical text, not a novel. Don't expect dashing heroes, although many of the captains and admirals were both enterprising and daring. What it does present is an account of naval warfare in the Mediterranean in an age where locomotion was provided by men (often slaves) at oars, cannons were primitive, and combat was hand-to-hand. The pirates of north Africa terrorized commercial shipping along the Spanish, French, Italian, and Greek coasts, raiding coastal towns, carrying off men for slaves, treasure, and women for concubines. The Christian ships reciprocated, of course, and life was pretty exciting. The rise of the Ottoman empire, with huge navies, also wanted in on the plunder, and the triumvirate of Turks, Christians, and corsairs battled constantly. The huge battle of Lepanto was one of the last of the great conflicts of oared navies.
The onset of sailing ships did nothing to stem the corsairs, and European conflicts led one power after another to combine with the pirates to harass their enemies. Finally, first the Americans, then the English, and finally the French to subdue the north Africa satrapies and end the age of the corsairs.

If history interests you, the book is informative on a period in time most Americans Don't know much about.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good 27 Aug. 2014
By notnecessary - Published on
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Readable, interesting review of the problem. Gives a late nineteenth century look at the subject which, in itself, is interesting.
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