The University of Wisconsin Press


History / African Studies / American Studies

 

Way of Death
Merchant Capitalism and the Angolan Slave Trade
Joseph C. Miller


Winner of the Herskovits Prize of the African Studies Association Awarded a special citation by the Conference on Latin American History

This acclaimed history of Portuguese and Brazilian slaving in the southern Atlantic is now available in paperback.

With extraordinary skill, Joseph C. Miller explores the complex relationships among the separate economies of Africa, Europe, and the South Atlantic that collectively supported the slave trade. He places the grim history of the trade itself within the context of the rise of merchant capitalism in the eighteenth century. Throughout, Miller illuminates the experiences of the slaves themselves, reconstructing what can be known of their sufferings at the hands of their buyers and sellers.

"A landmark study in the history of the Atlantic slave trade. It will be an essential reference for anyone who writes on the trade, from whatever perspective, for years to come... This book is full of rich data, especially concerning the passage from the interior to the coast, the role of Luso-Africans and Europeans in Angolan port cities, and conditions on 'floating tombs' that carried their deathly cargoes across the Atlantic."—Phyllis M. Martin, African Economic History

"Way of Death... [opens] up in profuse detail and at considerable length the history of the Portugese South Atlantic empire... We meet African traders dependent on credit extended by Portugese merchants supplying slaves to Brazilian shippers who were trying to become merchants on their own. And in the background is the shadowy... presence of English capital."—Stuart B. Schwartz, New York Times Book Review

"Other scholars have attempted studies of this type, but no one approaches Miller in depth."—John K. Thornton, International Journal of African Historical Studies

Joseph C. Miller is the T. Cary Johnson, Jr., Professor of History at the University of Virginia. His books include Kings and Kinsmen, Slavery and Slaving in World History, and The African Past Speaks. He was editor of the Journal of African History from 1990 to 1996.


This is the logo of Terrace Books. To the left of the text is a red book with the UW Student Union Terrace chair reversed out in white.

A trade imprint of the University of Wisconsin Press


For more information regarding publicity and reviews contact our publicity manager, phone: (608) 263-0734, email: publicity@uwpress.wisc.edu.


A perspective on slave trade in the southern Atlantic.

November 1988

LC: 87-040368 HT
800pp.
15 maps, 12 figures & tables

Book icon
Cloth $35.00 t
ISBN 978-0-299-11560-9
E-book logo e-book $19.95 t
ISBN 978-0-299-11563-0
  Adobe Digital Edition (PDF)
About our e-books
No restrictions on printing or copying, access on six different devices.


Shopping cart ADD TO CART
  Review cart contents
Secure checkout
   
Click here for a further explanation of the shopping cart feature.

 

Home | Books | Journals | Events | Textbooks | Authors | Related | Search | Order | Contact

If you have trouble accessing any page in this web site, contact our Web manager.
E-mail: webmaster@uwpress.wisc.edu.

Updated June 7, 2010

© 2010, The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System