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Wreck-Plundering by East Finnish Coastal People - Criminal Tradition or Popular Culture?

Category: Ionian History
Type: Article
Author: Yrjφ Kaukiainen
Journal: Research in Maritime History
Pages: 151-162
Volume: 27
Library catalog: Ιόνιο Πανεπιστήμιο - Βιβλιοθήκη Χαρλαύτη
Date: 2004
Tags: Shipping business     piracy     


'Very recent European history shows that perfectly ordinary people can, in exceptional situations such as civil war, be capable of performing surprisingly cruel acts towards other equally ordinary people who on social, ideological or racial grounds are regarded as different and, thus, made outsiders or foes. In this light, it si not so surprising that some poor eighteenth-century fishermen were unable to regard some poor sailors as their neighbours when God happened to bless their shore with a wreck.'

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