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Making the Black Atlantic: Britain and the African Diaspora
     

Making the Black Atlantic: Britain and the African Diaspora

by James Walvin
 

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The British role in the shaping and direction of the African diaspora was central both in execution and in terms of numbers. The British carried more Africans across the Atlantic than any other nation, and British colonial settlements in the Caribbean and North America absorbed vast numbers of Africans. The crops produced by those slaves helped to lay the foundations

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The British role in the shaping and direction of the African diaspora was central both in execution and in terms of numbers. The British carried more Africans across the Atlantic than any other nation, and British colonial settlements in the Caribbean and North America absorbed vast numbers of Africans. The crops produced by those slaves helped to lay the foundations for Western material well-being, and their associated cultural habits shaped key areas of Western sociability that survive to this day.

Britain was also central in the drive to end slavery, in its own possessions and elsewhere in the world. Indeed, the British evolved a culture of anti-slavery which helped to define their own sense of national identity in the nineteenth century. But the shadow of racism forged by slavery lingered long after the institution itself had died, and it was this racism which survived into the twentieth century, reinforced and periodically reinvented by powerful cultural forces - commercialism, schooling, popular journalism and a host of visual images. More recently, the story of the diaspora has taken a different turn, with remarkable waves of migration to Britain since 1945 from the former slave colonies and other parts of the empire, with fundamental consequences for the British way of life.

This is the first book to present a coherent story of the African exile, of its origins, progress and transformation from bondage to freedom, within the broadest context.

Editorial Reviews

Adam Hochschild
[a] solid work, a good synthesis and introduction for college and university students and other newcomers to the field.
Times Literary Supplement

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780304702176
Publisher:
Continuum International Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/28/2000
Series:
Black Atlantic Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
6.06(w) x 9.22(h) x 0.59(d)

Meet the Author

James Walvin is Professor Emeritus of History at the University of York, UK.

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