HS 376 - Pirates of the Caribbean
(3 cr.) Critically examining films, historical texts and works of fiction, this class explores the political, social and cultural history of piracy in the Atlantic world. Beginning with the rise of Iberian Empires in Africa and the Americas in the 16th and 17th centuries, students examine the role and importance of privateers in empire building and the struggle for global economic power among European nations. Shifting toward the Golden Age of Piracy in the 18th century, when privateers no longer enjoyed legal status as mercenaries, but were seen as outlaws, we explore merchants and their colonial allies' violent campaigns to eradicate piracy. We also investigate the inner, private worlds of piracy and probe the enduring fascination with piracy in popular culture, and the myths generated about pirates and their worlds. Prerequisite: one course from HS level 200; Every Other Year, Fall

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