Pirate Enlightenment, or the Real Libertalia by Graeber, David
David Graeber

Pirate Enlightenment, or the Real Libertalia -- David Graeber

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The final posthumous work by the coauthor of the major New York Times bestseller The Dawn of Everything.

Pirates have long lived in the realm of romance and fantasy, symbolizing risk, lawlessness, and radical visions of freedom. But at the root of this mythology is a rich history of pirate societies--vibrant, imaginative experiments in self-governance and alternative social formations at the edges of the European empire.

In graduate school, David Graeber conducted ethnographic field research in Madagascar for his doctoral thesis on the island's politics and history of slavery and magic. During this time, he encountered the Zana-Malata, an ethnic group of mixed descendants of the many pirates who settled on the island at the beginning of the eighteenth century. Pirate Enlightenment, or the Real Libertalia, Graeber's final posthumous book, is the outgrowth of this early research and the culmination of ideas that he developed in his classic, bestselling works Debt and The Dawn of Everything (written with the archaeologist David Wengrow). In this lively, incisive exploration, Graeber considers how the protodemocratic, even libertarian practices of the Zana-Malata came to shape the Enlightenment project defined for too long as distinctly European. He illuminates the non-European origins of what we consider to be "Western" thought and endeavors to recover forgotten forms of social and political order that gesture toward new, hopeful possibilities for the future.

Author: David Graeber
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Published: 01/24/2023
Pages: 208
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 0.67lbs
Size: 8.49h x 5.61w x 0.84d
ISBN: 9780374610197

Review Citation(s):
Library Journal Prepub Alert 08/01/2022 pg. 16
Publishers Weekly 09/26/2022
Kirkus Reviews 11/01/2022
Library Journal 12/01/2022 pg. 116