David Richardson graduated from Manchester University and is Professor Emeritus in Economic History at the University of Hull, where he was founder and first Director of the Wilberforce Institute for the study of Slavery and Emancipation (2004-12). He was co-author with David Eltis of the multiple award-winning Atlas of the Transatlantic Slave Trade (2010) and of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database (www.slavevoyages.com) (2008) on which it was based.
Filipa Ribeiro da Silva, Ph.D. (2009), Leiden University, is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Macau (China). She is a member of the Global Collaboratory on the History of Labour Relations at the International Institute of Social History of the Netherlands Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences and an Honorary Fellow of the Wilberforce Institute for the study of Slavery and Emancipation at the University of Hull (UK). Dutch and Portuguese in Western Africa: Empires, Merchants and the Atlantic System, 1580-1674, (2011) is her latest book.
Scholars and students interested in the field of Early Modern Atlantic History, Transatlantic and Indian Ocean Slave Trade, Pre-colonial African History, Brazilian Colonial History
Winner of the 2015 Choice Outstanding Academic Title Award:
This collection is an impressive demonstration of the precision and sophistication with which historians are advancing understanding of the slave trade in the South Atlantic. For many readers, these cutting-edge essays will serve as a necessary, if heady, introduction to the field. The title is slightly misleading; the cultural issues inherent in this history are a secondary concern. At heart, the book is an updated reconstruction of the complex demographic, political, and economic forces of the slave trade in the South Atlantic. There are chapters on Brazil’s economy, the role of private investment in the trade, and, in a useful expansion of how the Atlantic is defined, the trade in Mozambique. The history of the trade in Angola is the subject of three chapters, and there is a chapter on the impact of abolition. In addition to careful work with Lusophone sources, a number of the chapters are based on work in Dutch archives, presenting a full, rich portrait of this world. A further strength of the book is that the contributors treat the data in the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database (CH, Feb'09, 46-3397) as a point of departure rather than as the final word. A necessary edition to any serious collection on Atlantic slave trade.
--J. M. Rosenthal, Western Connecticut State University
Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above.
[This review appeared in the July 2015 issue of Choice, Vol. 52 No.11.]
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