Piracy and surreptitious activities in the Malay Archipelago and adjacent seas, 1600-1840

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Y.H. Teddy Sim
Springer, Oct 22, 2014 - History - 189 pages

This edited work explores piracy and surreptitious activities such as privateering, war-making, slave-hunting and raiding, focussing on Southeast Asia in the early modern period. Readers will discover nine essays studying the different sub-regions of the Malay Archipelago and adjacent seas and exploring the nature and historiographical perception of piracy, maritime conflict and surreptitious activities. The authors probe the linkages between these occurrences with war and economy in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries in particular, and look at the transition into the nineteenth century.

The introduction covers the study of piracy in this period and chapters explore themes of Siak and Malay activities, Dutch privateering, Chinese actions in the Melaka-Singapore region, activity in the Malukan Archipelago and the political background of the Maguindanao “piracy” in the early eighteenth century. Later chapters explore the Sulu Sultanate and the seafaring world, the deeds of Iberians in this region and especially the identities and activities of the Portuguese in these seas.

The authors contribute to the literature by complementing studies that favour a closer discussion of the ‘formal’ and ‘informal’ sectors in history. This book opens up the subject area for delving into the various geographical locales and participating groups, as well as their possible linkages with one another and with other groups.

This volume will be of interest to students and academicians of Southeast Asian studies and those with a general interest in maritime piracy.


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1 Studying Piracy and Surreptitious Activities in Southeast Asia in the Early Modern Period
2 Siak Piracy and Early Modern Malay Warfare
Dutch Privateering Around the Malay Peninsula in the Early Seventeenth Century
4 Violence and PiraticalSurreptitious Activities Associated with the Chinese Communities in the Melaka Singapore Region 1780 1840
5 WarMaking Raiding Slave Hunting and Piracy in the Malukan Archipelago
6 An Exploration into the Political Background of the Maguindanao Piracy in the Early Eighteenth Century
7 Revisiting the Political Economy and Ethnicity of the Sulu Sultanate and Its Entanglement with the Seafaring World
A Survey of Their Piratical and Smuggling Activities in Relation to War and the Political Economy of the South China Sea
A Survey of Their Identities and Activities in the Eastern Indian OceanBurman Sea

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About the author (2014)

Dr Sim is currently lecturing at an institute in the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. He has published on the Portuguese in the East / Far East in the eighteenth century. He is the author of Portuguese Enterprise in the East: Survival in the Years 1707-57. On the trade activities and network in the East, Dr Sim is also interested in the other groups operating in the region, most notably the diaspora Chinese, during the 18th and 19th centuries.

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