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Africa and Africans in the Making of the Atlantic World, 1400-1800 : Studies in Comparative World History - John K. Thornton

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

Studies in Comparative World History

By: John K. Thornton, Michael Adas (Editor), Edmund Burke (Editor), Philip D. Curtin (Editor)

Paperback Published: 28th September 1998
ISBN: 9780521627245
Number Of Pages: 380

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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.

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'A major contribution ... the strongest and most articulate statement that Africa and Africans were not passive agents ... provocative and insightful.' Paul E. Lovejoy, Journal of Interdisciplinary History

Preface to the second edition
Preface to the first edition
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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ISBN: 9780521627245
ISBN-10: 0521627249
Series: Studies in Comparative World History
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 380
Published: 28th September 1998
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.61 x 15.24  x 2.03
Weight (kg): 0.54
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised