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Johan Mathew: Rutgers Institute for High School Teachers

Friday, April 24, 2020, 09:00am - 02:30pm

Piracy in World History: "The Greatest Pirate in History"

April 24, 2020, 9am-2:30pm 

Johan Mathew, Assistant Professor, Department of History, Rutgers University

Pirates were some of the most depraved and horrific individuals in human history. And yet they are also somehow beloved characters fit for Disney cartoons; for some reason they make “rape and pillage” sound like a birthday party game. How do we reconcile this disturbing contradiction? This workshop takes three figures from across the globe who have a claim to be the world’s greatest pirate. In understanding their stories and their historical contexts we seek to explore issues of race, gender, imperialism, inequality, and the long history of globalization. In the workshop we will be introduced to different eras and locations of piratical activity and we will learn what these instances reveal about their societies and how we can use these exciting stories to explore important historical concepts and debates.

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