Focusing on specific events and mythologies attached to past and recent maritime radicalism, historian Marcus Rediker talks to Omar El-Khairy about piracy, the origins of global capitalism, and the poetics of history from below. This interview was facilitated by Gasworks in the context of their Hydrachy: Power and Resistance at Sea exhibition
1. The Shifting Figure of the Pirate: from the golden age of piracy to its place in popular imagination today
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