Representing Slavery: Art, Artifacts and Archives in the Collections of the National Maritime Museum

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Representing Slavery draws on the extensive collections of the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, and is published to mark the 200th anniversary of Parliament's abolition of the British slave trade in 1807.

It explores the richness of the Museum's collections and highlights the unique insights they provide into the histories and legacies of slavery, the slave trade and abolition from the mid-sixteenth until the early twentieth centuries. Collections of art, artifacts and ...

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Overview

Representing Slavery draws on the extensive collections of the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, and is published to mark the 200th anniversary of Parliament's abolition of the British slave trade in 1807.

It explores the richness of the Museum's collections and highlights the unique insights they provide into the histories and legacies of slavery, the slave trade and abolition from the mid-sixteenth until the early twentieth centuries. Collections of art, artifacts and archives are examined across more than 600 entries, with many objects illustrated in print for the first time.

Ten specially commissioned essays by leading scholars set the collections in their historical context, demonstrating the scale and brutality of slavery, the nature and extent of African resistance, and the widespread efforts to achieve abolition and emancipation. Representing Slavery reveals the astonishing range, complexity and longevity of the impact of slavery on Africa, Europe and the Americas, and the importance of the often neglected East African and Indian Ocean slave trades.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780853319665
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 8/28/2007
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction, Douglas Hamilton and Robert J. Blyth
Slavery and mass consumption: the dynamics of the Atlantic world, James Walvin
Slavery and African society, Paul Lovejoy
Through African eyes: the Middle Passage and the British slave trade, David Richardson
Slave life in the Caribbean, Douglas Hamilton
Abolition and emancipation, John Oldfield
The Royal Navy and the global suppression of slave trades, Robert Blyth
Black people in Britain, Hakim Adi
The material culture of slave shipping, Jane Webster
The lie of the land: slavery and the aesthetics of imperial landscape in eighteenth-century British art, Geoff Quilley
Popular graphic images of slavery and emancipation in nineteenth-century England, Marcus Wood. Catalogue: Artefacts
Books, pamphlets and official publications
Coins and medals
Ethnography
Manuscripts
Maps and charts
Material culture
Newspapers and press illustrations
Oil paintings
Photographs
Prints and drawings: Africa
Prints and drawings: Caribbean
Prints and drawings: North and South America
Prints and drawings: abolition campaigns
Prints and drawings: caricatures and social satires
Prints and drawings: portraits
Prints and drawings: ships and naval actions
Bibliography
List of contributors
Index.
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Dr Douglas Hamilton is Lecturer in History in the Wilberforce Institute for the Study of Slavery and Emancipation (WISE) at the University of Hull, UK. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Imperial and Maritime Studies at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich. He is author of Scotland, the Caribbean and the Atlantic World, 1750-1820 (2005).

Dr Robert Blyth is Lecturer in History at Queen's University Belfast, UK, and Visiting Fellow at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, UK. An Indian Ocean specialist, he has published in the Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History and the International History Review. He is author of The Empire of the Raj: India, Eastern Africa and the Middle East, 1858-1947 (2003).

Professor James Walvin taught for many years at the University of York, UK. His many publications include An Atlas of Slavery and the Slave Trade (2005) and A Short History of Slavery (forthcoming 2007).

David Richardson is Professor of Economic History and Director of the Wilberforce Institute for the Study of Slavery (WISE) at the University of Hull, UK. He has published extensively on the slave trade and is co-author of The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade: A Database on CD-Rom (1999).

Dr John Oldfield is Senior Lecturer in Modern History at the University of Southampton, UK. He has written numerous articles on slavery and abolition in the Atlantic world, including Chords of Freedom: Commemoration, Ritual and British Transatlantic Slavery (forthcoming 2007).

Dr Hakim Adi is Reader in the History of Africa and the African Diaspora at Middlesex University, UK. He is a founder member of, and currently chairs, theBlack and Asian Studies Association, and is a member of the Mayor of London's Commission on African and Asian Heritage. He has written widely on the history of the African Diaspora and Africans in Britain.

Marcus Wood is Professor of English at the University of Sussex, UK. His recent publications include Slavery, Empathy and Pornography (2002) and The Poetry of Slavery: An Anglo-American Anthology (2003).

Dr Geoff Quilley is Curator of Fine Art at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, UK. He co-edited Conflicting Visions: War and Visual Culture in Britain and France c.1700-1830 with John Bonehill (2005).

Paul Lovejoy FRSC is Distinguished Research Professor in the Department of History at the University of York, UK. He holds the Canada Research Chair in African Diaspora History, is Director of the Harriet Tubman Resource Centre on the African Diaspora, and is Research Proessor in the Wilberforce Institute for the Study of Slavery and Emancipation (WISE) at the University of Hull, UK. His recent publications include Transformations in Slavery (2nd edn 2000) and many edited volumes on slavery and the African diaspora.

Dr Jane Webster is a Lecturer in Historical Archaeology in the School of Historical Studies at Newcastle University, UK. She is a former Caird Senior Research Fellow at the National Maritime Museum, and is currently completing a book on The Material Culture of British Slave Shipping from 1680-1807.

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