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The Atlantic Slave Trade


Part of New Approaches to the Americas

  • Date Published: April 1999
  • availability: Replaced by 9780521766302
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521460200


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  • 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.

    • Major synthesis of scholarship on the Atlantic slave trade
    • Highly political topic
    • Accessible to educated lay readers as well as academics and students
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "...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

    • Date Published: April 1999
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521460200
    • length: 260 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.55kg
    • contains: 11 b/w illus. 5 maps 5 tables
    • availability: Replaced by 9780521766302
  • Table of Contents

    List of maps, figures and tables
    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

  • Author

    Herbert S. Klein, Columbia University, New York

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