Africa and Africans in the Making of the Atlantic World, 1400-1800

ISBN-10: 0521627249
ISBN-13: 9780521627245
Edition: 2nd 1998 (Revised)
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List price: $39.99
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 4/28/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 378
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.364
Language: English

This book explores Africa's involvement in the Atlantic world from the fifteenth century to the eighteenth century. It focuses especially on the causes and consequences of the slave trade, in Africa, in Europe, and in the New World. African institutions, political events, and economic structures shaped Africa's voluntary involvement in the Atlantic arena before 1680. Africa's economic and military strength gave African elites the capacity to determine how trade with Europe developed. Thornton examines the dynamics of colonization which made slaves so necessary to European colonizers, and he explains why African slaves were placed in roles of central significance. Estate structure and demography affected the capacity of slaves to form a self-sustaining society and behave as cultural actors, transferring and transforming African culture in the New World.

Born in Ireland in 1729, Edmund Burke was an English statesman, author, and orator who is best remembered as a formidable advocate for those who were victims of injustice. He was the son of a Dublin lawyer and had also trained to practice law. In the 1760s, Burke was elected to the House of Commons from the Whig party. Burke spent most of his career in Parliament as a member of the Royal Opposition, who was not afraid of controversy, as shown by his support for the American Revolution and for Irish/Catholic rights. His best-known work is Reflections on the French Revolution (1790). Some other notable works are On Conciliation with the American Colonies (1775) and Impeachment of Warren Hastings (1788). Edmund Burke died in 1797.

Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Philip de Armond Curtin was educated at Swarthmore College and at Harvard University, from which he received a Ph.D. in history in 1953. That same year he joined the Swarthmore faculty as an instructor and assistant professor. In 1956, he moved on to the University of Wisconsin at Madison, where he remained for 14 years. During that time he was chair of the Wisconsin University Program in Comparative World History, the Wisconsin African Studies Program, and for five years, Melville J. Herskovits Professor. In 1975, he joined the department of history at Johns Hopkins University. In addition to holding Guggenheim fellowships in 1966 and 1980 and being a senior fellow of the National Endowment for the Humanities, Curtin has taken a leadership role in various organizations, including the African Studies Association, the International Congress of Africanists, and the American Historical Association. He also has gained recognition for his influential books on African history, including The Image of Africa (1964), Africa Remembered (1967), and The Atlantic Slave Trade: A Census (1969). In the latter, he demonstrated that the number of Africans who reached the New World during the centuries of the trans-Atlantic slave trade had been highly exaggerated.

Preface to the second edition
Preface to the first edition
Introduction
Africans in Africa
The birth of the Atlantic world
The development of commerce between Europeans and Africans
Slavery and African social structure
The process of enslavement and the slave trade
Africans in the New World
Africans in colonial Atlantic societies
Africans and Afro-Americans in the Atlantic world: life and labour
African cultural groups in the Atlantic world
Transformations of African culture in the Atlantic world
African religions and Christianity in the Atlantic world
Resistance, runaways, and rebels
Africans in the Eighteenth-Century Atlantic World

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