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SS-314 Piracy and Smuggling on the High Seas

3 Credits

This course provides a history of piracy and smuggling that cuts through popular myths and identifies how images of "pirate" have impacted contemporary culture. Then, turning historically, the course examines piracy and smuggling in comparative American and Asian contexts, first by illustrating how pirates affected, interacted with, and helped establish empires, then by turning to the social and cultural worlds of pirates themselves.