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Captives and Corsairs: France and Slavery in the Early Modern Mediterranean

Gillian Weiss


This book uncovers a forgotten story in the history of relations between the West and Islam: three centuries of Muslim corsair raids on French ships and shores and the resulting captivity of tens of thousands of French subjects and citizens in North Africa. Through an analysis of archival materials, writings, and images produced by contemporaries, the book fundamentally revises our picture of France's emergence as a nation and a colonial power, presenting the Mediterranean as an essential vantage point for studying the rise of France. It reveals how efforts to liberate slaves from North Africa ... More

Keywords: France, slavery, corsairs, captives, French citizens, North Africa, colonial power, Muslim world, state building, imperial expansion

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780804770002
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804770002.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gillian Weiss, author