The Dutch Atlantic

The Dutch Atlantic : Slavery, Abolition and Emancipation

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The Dutch Atlantic 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

  • Hardback | 240 pages
  • 137.16 x 215.9 x 20.32mm | 453.59g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745331084
  • 9780745331089
  • 2,222,885

About Kwame Nimako

Kwame Nimako teaches International Relations at the Graduate School of Social Sciences, University of Amsterdam. He is the author and co-author of over 30 books, reports and guidebooks on economic development, ethnic relations, social policy, urban renewal and migration. 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.
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Nimako and Willensem's book is 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. With political zeal, this book explains a part of Dutch history that is often ignored, connecting the theme of emancipation - the history of slavery and abolition - with the political concerns of Black people across Europe. -- Walter Mignolo, William H Wannamaker Distinguished Professor in Literature and Romance Studies at Duke University 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 agonizing 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
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Table of contents

Acknowledgements Foreword Stephen Small, UC Berkeley Preface 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 viii The Dutch Atlantic Gender and Emancipation Race and Emancipation The Immediate Aftermath of Abolition 6 The Legacy of Slavery: The Unfinished Business of Emancipation Memory and Dignitarianism Commemorators and Commemoration Integration and Multiculturalism NiNsee as a Contested Project Museums and Galleries Reparations Anniversaries and Apologies 7 Conclusion: Parallel Histories and Intertwined Belonging Some Conclusions A Final Note Bibliography Index
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