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The Captive Sea

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In The Captive Sea, Daniel Hershenzon explores the entangled histories of Muslim and Christian captives-and, by extension, of the... Weiterlesen
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In The Captive Sea, Daniel Hershenzon explores the entangled histories of Muslim and Christian captives-and, by extension, of the Spanish Empire, Ottoman Algiers, and Morocco-in the seventeenth century to argue that piracy, captivity, and redemption helped shape the Mediterranean as an integrated region at the social, political, and economic levels. Despite their confessional differences, the lives of captives and captors alike were connected in a political economy of ransom and communication networks shaped by Spanish, Ottoman, and Moroccan rulers; ecclesiastic institutions; Jewish, Muslim, and Christian intermediaries; and the captives themselves, as well as their kin.

Hershenzon offers both a comprehensive analysis of competing projects for maritime dominance and a granular investigation of how individual lives were tragically upended by these agendas. He takes a close look at the tightly connected and ultimately failed attempts to ransom an Algerian Muslim girl sold into slavery in Livorno in 1608; the son of a Spanish marquis enslaved by pirates in Algiers and brought to Istanbul, where he converted to Islam; three Spanish Trinitarian friars detained in Algiers on the brink of their departure for Spain in the company of Christians they had redeemed; and a high-ranking Ottoman official from Alexandria, captured in 1613 by the Sicilian squadron of Spain.

Examining the circulation of bodies, currency, and information in the contested Mediterranean, Hershenzon concludes that the practice of ransoming captives, a procedure meant to separate Christians from Muslims, had the unintended consequence of tightly binding Iberia to the Maghrib.


By Daniel Hershenzon


A Note on the Text

Chapter 1. The Social Life of Enslaved Captives
Chapter 2. Ransom: Between Economic, Political, and Salvific Interests
Chapter 3. Negotiating Ransom, Seeking Redemption
Chapter 4. Taking Captives, Capturing Communities
Chapter 5. Confronting Threats, Countering Violence
Chapter 6. Moving Captives, Moving Knowledge
Chapter 7. The Political Economy of Ransom



Titel: The Captive Sea
Untertitel: Slavery, Communication, and Commerce in Early Modern Spain and the Mediterranean
EAN: 9780812295368
Digitaler Kopierschutz: Adobe-DRM
Format: E-Book (epub)
Hersteller: University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.
Genre: Geschichte
Anzahl Seiten: 304
Veröffentlichung: 01.08.2018
Dateigrösse: 1.9 MB