The Atlantic Slave Trade / Edition 1

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Overview

This survey synthesizes the economic, social, cultural and political history of the Atlantic slave trade. It details the current scholarly knowledge of forced African migration and compares this knowledge to popular beliefs. The book examines the 400 years of the Atlantic slave trade, covering the West and East African experiences and the American colonies and republics that obtained slaves from Africa, outlining common features and local variations. It discusses the slave trade's economics, politics, demographic impact, and cultural implications in Africa and America, places the slave trade in the context of world trade, and examines its role in the growing relationship among Asia, Africa, Europe and America.
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"...a most welcome synthesis..." Latin American Research Review

"Herbert Klein's long-standing leadership in quantitative studies of the Atlantic slave trade is thoroughly in evidence in this reasonably priced survey of the Atlantic slave trade, written for non-acdemic readers....a theoretical tour de force, and a very sophisticated and accessible one at that." Nadia Lovell, International Journal of African Historical Studies

"Klein is especially adept at using statistical studies to shed light on social and cultural history....This is a concise and thoughtful synthesis of interdisciplinary history." Journal of Interdisciplinary History

"...provides a convenient account of the complex history and extensive historiography of one of the most important and pervasive human activities of the past 500 years. In this short but important book, Herbert Klein sets out to examine the nature and importance of the trade and the reasons for its dissolution." Historian

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521465885
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1999
  • Series: New Approaches to the Americas Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 206
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Meet the Author

Herbert S. Klein is the author of 22 books and 155 articles in several languages on Latin America and comparative themes in social and economic history. Among these books are The Middle Passage: Comparative Studies in the Atlantic Slave Trade (1978) and four studies of slavery, the most recent of which are Slavery and the Economy of São Paulo, 1750–1850 (co-author, 2003), African Slavery in Latin America and the Caribbean (co-author, 2008), and Slavery in Brazil (co-author, 2009), as well as four books on Bolivian history, including A Concise History of Bolivia (2003). He has also published books on such diverse themes as The American Finances of the Spanish Empire, 1680–1809 (1998) and A Population History of the United States (2004).
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Table of Contents

List of maps, figures and tables; Introduction; 1. Slavery in Western development; 2. American labor demand; 3. Africa at the time of the Atlantic slave trade; 4. The European organization of the slave trade; 5. The African organization of the slave trade; 6. The middle passage; 7. Social and cultural impact of the slave trade on America; 8. The end of the slave trade; Appendix tables; Bibliographic essay; Index.
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