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By Gillian Weiss

Captives and Corsairs uncovers a forgotten tale within the background of kinfolk among the West and Islam: 3 centuries of Muslim corsair raids on French ships and seashores and the ensuing captivity of tens of millions of French matters and electorate in North Africa. via an research of archival fabrics, writings, and pictures produced by way of contemporaries, the publication essentially revises our photo of France's emergence as a kingdom and a colonial energy, featuring the Mediterranean as a vital vantage element for learning the increase of France. It finds how efforts to disencumber slaves from North Africa formed France's perceptions of the Muslim global and in their personal "Frenchness". From round 1550 to 1830, releasing those captives developed from an expression of Christian charity to a style of country development and, finally, to a motive for imperial enlargement. Captives and Corsairs hence advances new arguments in regards to the fluid nature of slavery and firmly hyperlinks captive redemption to kingdom formation—and in flip to the nonetheless important ideology of liberatory conquest.

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