Atlas of Slavery

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Slavery transformed Africa, Europe and the Americas and hugely-enhanced the well-being of the West but the subject of slavery can be hard to understand because of its huge geographic and chronological span. This book uses a unique atlas format to present the story of slavery, explaining its historical importance and making this complex story and its geographical setting easy to understand.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"James Walvin maps the history of slavery from ancient to modern times and provides a succinctly written commentary on the same,.......further enhancing his reputation as one of the leading international figures in raising public awareness and understanding of slavery and its impact on global history".

David Richardson, Professor of Economic History, University of Hull.

This is a wide-ranging and extremely useful study of the historical geography of slavery and the slave trade. This Atlas will be an invaluable resource for students studying slavery and for the general reader interested in this important area.

Professor Gad Heuman, Department of History, University of Warwick.

Library Journal
Walvin (history, Univ. of York; Questioning Slavery) here traces the history of slavery in the Americas from the 16th through the 19th century while also placing it in the broader context of the history of slavery in the Western Hemisphere. Twenty narrative chapters connect chronological, geographical, and topical themes in helpful divisions such as "Overland African Slave Routes," "Exploration and the Spread of Sugar," "Britain, Slavery and the Slave Trade" (this publication is of British origin), "Arrivals," "Brazil," "Cotton and the USA," "Slave Resistance," "Abolition and Emancipation," and "Slavery After Abolition." Throughout the text are 87 black-and-white line-drawn maps, rudimentary by atlas standards but certainly helpful in supporting Walvin's very informative writing. The maps begin with "Ancient Greece" and end with "The Extermination of European Jews, 1941-45." A chronology at the end of the book provides the historical time line of slavery in North and South America, starting with the first Africans in the Americas in 1502 and ending with the abolition of slavery in Brazil in 1888. Bottom Line Because the volume is as valuable for its narrative text as for its somewhat basic maps, librarians may prefer to place it in their general collections instead of in reference. It will be useful in public libraries, as well as high school and undergraduate history collections.-Judith Klamm, Kansas City P.L., MO Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780582437807
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 9/28/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 716,410
  • Product dimensions: 7.48 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

James Walvin is Professor of History at the University of York. Well-known for his work on slavery, he is co-editor of the journalSlavery and Abolition. His recent books on the subject include An African's Life: The Life and Times of Olaudah Equiano (1998), Quaker, Money and Morals (1997), Fruits of Empire: Tropical Staples and British Taste, 1660-1800 (1997), Questioning Slavery (1996), Slaves & Slavery (1992) and Black Ivory (1993). He also conducts research in modern social history which has formed the basis of two other books: The People's Game: The History of Football Revisited (1994) and The Only Game: Football in Our Times (Longman, 2001).

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Table of Contents

Introduction. 1. Slavery in a global setting. 2. The Ancient World. 3. Overland Trade Routes. 4. European slavery and slave trades. 5. Exploration and the spread of sugar. 6. Europeans, slaves and West Africa. 7. Britain, slavery and the slave trade. 8. Africa. 9. The Atlantic. 10. Crossing the Atlantic. 11. Destinations. 12. Arrivals. 13. Brazil. 14. The Caribbean. 15. North America. 16. Cotton and the USA. 17. Slave Resistance. 18. Abolition and Emancipation. 19. East Africa and the Indian Ocean. 20. Slavery after abolition. 21. Chronology

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