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The slave trade
the history of the Atlantic slave trade ; 1440 - 1870
VerfasserIn: Thomas, Hugh
Verfasserangabe: Hugh Thomas
Jahr: 2006
Verlag: London, Phoenix
Mediengruppe: Buch
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Hugh Thomas's 'The Slave Trade' takes a big-picture view of New World slavery in its international context. The Portuguese and Spanish who first came to Africa, he writes, arrived in search of gold. They found it, but they also found social systems in which the ransom, buying, and selling of human beings had long been established. These systems had existed in European antiquity, and now they were revived when, shortly after making contact with Africa, the European nations began to establish colonies on the other side of the Atlantic; the horrible traffic continued well into the 19th century. Thomas mines vast archives and previously published histories to make this sweeping and remarkably useful synthesis. / The Slave Trade is a massive (900-page) book that attempts to document the entire history of the Atlantic slave trade, a sordid business that somehow prospered for more than four centuries. As the sheer heft of the book might indicate, the story is complicated. Much of the extensive research conducted by Hugh Thomas relates to rivalries both in Europe and Africa. Those who wonder how slavery could have existed in the United States may find revelatory the moral ambiguity of how the business of transporting slaves was conducted.
VerfasserIn: Thomas, Hugh
VerfasserInnenangabe: Hugh Thomas
Jahr: 2006
Verlag: London, Phoenix
Systematik: GW.T, FS.E
Interessenkreis: Sprache: Englisch
ISBN: 0-75382-056-0
Beschreibung: 925 S., [16] Bl. : Ill., Kt.
Sprache: Englisch
Mediengruppe: Buch