I think that I have narrowed down my seminar topic. Now let's just hope I have the sources to accomplish it.
Piracy and the Netherlands, 1587-1596-examining how the Netherlands fits within the broader scope of piracy perpetrated in the Atlantic World in the 16th century.
I also seem to have narrowed my violence paper to examining the role of location and environment, instability of power, and distilled spirits on the violent behavior among pirates in the 1680s.
Now if I can just get the papers written.