The History of Somali Piracy: From Classical Piracy to Contemporary Piracy, c. 1801-2011

Haji Ingiriis, Mohamed
July 2013
Northern Mariner / Le Marin du Nord;Jul-Oct2014, Vol. 23 Issue 3/4, p239
Academic Journal
The article discusses the history of piracy in Somalia from circa 1801 to 2011, using both primary historical sources and oral histories. It explores how piracy impacts international maritime security and details efforts by Western nations to prevent piracy. Topics include Somali cultural history, Somali pastoral society which idealizes theft and stealing, the historiography of piracy, regional political instability and the subsequent rise in criminal activities, and the impact of chronic poverty on Somalia.


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