The Dutch Atlantic

The Dutch Atlantic : Slavery, Abolition and Emancipation

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This book interrogates the Dutch involvement in Atlantic slavery and assesses the historical consequences of this for contemporary European society.

Kwame Nimako and Glenn Willemsen show how the slave trade and slavery intertwined economic, social and cultural elements, including nation-state formation in the Netherlands and across Europe. They explore the mobilisation of European populations in the implementation of policies that facilitated Atlantic slavery and examine how European countries created and expanded laws that perpetuated colonisation.

Addressing key themes such as the incorporation of the formerly enslaved into post-slavery states and contemporary collective efforts to forget and/or remember slavery and its legacy in the Netherlands, this is an essential text for students of European history and postcolonial studies.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 135 x 215 x 15.24mm | 294.84g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745331076
  • 9780745331072
  • 1,487,433

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Table of contents



Stephen Small, UC Berkeley


Artwell Cain, NiNsee

1. Introduction, Goals and Issues

Introduction and Goals

Context and Concepts

Importance and Relevance

Overview of Chapters

2. Transatlantic Slavery and the Rise of the European

World Order

The Age of Banditry (1492-1648)

Sovereignty and Chattel Slavery (1648-1789)

Citizenship, Slavery and the `Free Soil Ideology'

Science and Chattel Slavery

3. Chattel Slavery, Sugar and Salt

Slavery and the Making of Global Economy

Slavery and Sugar

Sugar and Suriname

Pacification and Resistance

4. Abolition without Emancipation

European and Systemic Context

From Regulation to Intervention

Modalities of Abolition: Progressive Control versus

Transformative Change

Abolition and Citizenship

5. Trajectories of Emancipation: Religion, Class,

Gender and Race

Religion and Emancipation

Class and Emancipation

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Gender and Emancipation

Race and Emancipation

The Immediate Aftermath of Abolition

6. The Legacy of Slavery: The Unfinished Business of


Memory and Dignitarianism

Commemorators and Commemoration

Integration and Multiculturalism

NiNsee as a Contested Project

Museums and Galleries


Anniversaries and Apologies

7. Conclusion: Parallel Histories and Intertwined


Some Conclusions

A Final Note


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'This erudite history of Dutch slavery, revolts, abolition efforts, and emancipation is told from the underside of Dutch life. ... [It is] a breathtaking portrait of an uncomfortable history, an agonising story to be told and never forgotten' -- Lewis R. Gordon, Laura H. Carnell Professor of Philosophy and Jewish Studies and Founding Director of the Institute for the Study of Race and Social Thought and the Center for Afro-Jewish Studies at Temple University 'A fundamental addition to a distinguished genealogy of work - from Ottobah Cugoano to Eric Williams and Jean Casimir - a genealogy in which scholarship and experientia Africana meet' -- Walter Mignolo, William H Wannamaker Distinguished Professor in Literature and Romance Studies at Duke University
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About Kwame Nimako

Kwame Nimako teaches International Relations at the Graduate School of Social Sciences, University of Amsterdam. He is the co-author of The Dutch Atlantic (Pluto, 2011). Glenn Willemsen (1948-2008) was the first director of the National Institute for the Study of Dutch Slavery and its Legacy (NiNsee) from 2003 to 2008. He was also Adjunct Professor at the Union Institute & University, Cincinnati, Ohio from 1999 to 2008. He is co-author of The Dutch Atlantic (Pluto, 2011).
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