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The Atlantic Slave Trade

2nd Edition

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Part of New Approaches to the Americas

  • Date Published: April 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521182508

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  • This survey is a synthesis of the economic, social, cultural, and political history of the Atlantic slave trade, providing the general reader with a basic understanding of the current state of scholarly knowledge of forced African migration and compares this knowledge to popular beliefs. The Atlantic Slave Trade examines the four hundred years of Atlantic slave trade, covering the West and East African experiences, as well as all the American colonies and republics that obtained slaves from Africa. It outlines both the common features of this trade and the local differences that developed. It discusses the slave trade’s economics, politics, demographic impact, and cultural implications in relationship to Africa as well as America. Finally, it places the slave trade in the context of world trade and examines the role it played in the growing relationship between Asia, Africa, Europe, and America. This new edition incorporates the latest findings of the last decade in slave trade studies carried out in Europe and America. It also includes new data on the slave trade voyages which have just recently been made available to the public.

    • Brings together new, but often ignored, research
    • Addition of new material from Brazilian studies of the trade
    • Updated tables and bibliography
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    Reviews & endorsements

    “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

    “This book would make an excellent text for a course on the Atlantic slave trade and will be quite useful as supplementary reading for any course that has a significant component of African or African-American history during the height of the trade. It will also serve well the scholarly public desiring the latest accessible information on this important but controversial topic.” – Richard Steckel, Journal of Economic Literature

    “[This book] 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.” – The Historian

    “This is the best introduction to the Atlantic slave trade currently available. Crisply written, it combines a masterful survey of the latest scholarship with carefully balanced geographical coverage. . . . Klein has set a standard that will be hard to beat.” – David Northrup, Canadian Journal of African Studies

    “The Atlantic Slave Trade is a brilliant work of synthesis. . . . this is a hugely impressive book that will be essential reading for all students of slavery and the Atlantic slave trade.” – J. R. Oldfield, The English Historical Review

    “This timely book synthesizes the wealth of new information that has emerged in recent decades on the Atlantic slave trade . . . . This book would make an excellent text for a course on the Atlantic slave trade and will be quite useful as supplementary reading for any course that has a significant component of African or African-American history during the height of the trade. It will also serve well the scholarly public desiring the latest accessible information on this important but controversial topic.” – Richard H. Steckel, Journal of Economic Literature

    “The book is a masterpiece of economic history, and as long as Klein is presenting economic arguments, he is unmatched. The chapters on the business organization of the slave trade, especially its European end, the disposition of slaves in the Americas, and the Middle Passage are finely tuned, clearly written, and deploy the latest scholarship. Indeed, in making generalizations, Klein goes beyond what can be learned simply by consulting the latest scholarship. The international dimension of the trade, the multiplicity of nationalities involved, and its huge intercontinental scope are easily grasped by an approach in which Klein is as comfortable with the operations of the Dutch and Danish shippers as he is with the English. Indeed, one of Klein's strong suits is that he does not simply generalize from the English trade, but is sensitive to the nuances of the trade from all shippers and consumers.” – John Thornton, The International History Review

    "...updated and greatly expanded quantitative data set on the involvement of Portuguese and Spanish ships in the Atlantic trade strengthens his already compelling arguments about the importance of the South Atlantic to this enterprise." -Sandra E. Greene, African Studies Review

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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: April 2010
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521182508
    • length: 264 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 162 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.36kg
    • contains: 14 b/w illus. 4 maps 8 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    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.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Atlantic America
    • Atlantic Slave Trade
    • Atlantic World
    • Atlantic World Slavery
    • Latin American Slavery
    • Slavery and Slave Trades in the Atlantic
    • Trans-Altantic Slavery
  • Author

    Herbert S. Klein, Stanford University, California
    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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