Senegambia and the Atlantic Slave Trade / Edition 1

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This authoritative study of 400 years of Senegambian history is unrivaled in its detailed grasp of published and unpublished materials. Taking as his subject the vast area covering the Senegal and Gambia river basins, Boubacar Barry explores the changing dynamics of regional trade, clashes between African and Muslim authorities, the colonial system and the slave trade. This newly-translated book is a vital tool in our understanding of West African history.

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"Originally published in French in 1988 by this exile from Guinea living in Senegal, Barry's account of the 'geopolitical dismemberment' of the west African region that encompasses six contemporary states is encyclopedic in its details of the political history of the communities involved." R. T. Brown, Choice

"The author sheds more light and gives an extended analysis on the statistical data of the Atlantic slave trade.... ...the book will be an important resource for both undergraduate and graduate courses, not only for African history, but also for the Atlantic societies and economies." Canadian Jrnl of History

"Exhibiting a thorough knowledge of the history of the region, the author narrates the extraordinary complexity and mobility of its population, particularly migrations, and the rise and demise of numerous states and rulers." Johannes Postma, The Historian

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521597609
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2002
  • Series: African Studies Series, #92
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 388
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface; Part I. Senegambia from the Fifteenth to the Seventeenth Century: A Haven for Incoming Populations, A Station for Migrants on the Move: 1. Senegambia in the 15th and 16th centuries: dependence on the Sudan and the Sahara; 2. Social dynamics in Senegambia; 3. The Atlantic trading system and the reformation of Senegambian states from the 15th to the 17th century; 4. The partition of the Senegambian coast in the 17th century; Part II. Senegambia in the Eighteenth Century: the Slave Trade, Ceddo Regimes and Muslim Revolutions: 5. The slave trade in the 18th century; 6. The strengthening of Ceddo regimes in the 18th Century; 7. Muslim revolutions in the 18th century; 8. The impact of the slave trade: economic regression and social strife; Part III. Senegambia in the first half of the Nineteenth Century: 9. The crisis of the trans-Atlantic trading system and the triumph of legitimate trade in the first half of the 19th century; 10. Popular rebellions and political and social crises in Futa Jallon; 11. Futa Jallon expansion into the Southern Rivers region; 12. The colony of Senegal and political and social crises in Northern Senegambia; 13. Defeat of the holy warriors in Northern Senegambia; Part IV. Senegambia in the Second Half of the Nineteenth Century: Colonial Conquest and Resistance Movements: 14. Colonial imperialism and European rivalries in Senegambia; 15. Last-Ditch Resistance Movements of Legitimist Rulers in Northern Senegambia; 16. The conquest of the Southern Rivers Region; 17. The balancing act of the Alamis of Timbo in their attempts to cope with centrifugal forces; 18. Bokar Biro and the conquest of Futa Jallon; Conclusion.

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