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The Abolition of the Atlantic Slave Trade
Origins and Effects in Europe, Africa, and the Americas
Edited by David Eltis and James Walvin
With the collaboration of Svend E. Green-Pedersen and an introduction by Stanley L . Engerman

“The essays dealing with the impact of the abolition of the Atlantic slave trade on Africa suggest that this impact was much less significant than might have been supposed. In part this results from the Eurocentric view of African history which saw the slave trade as the most important development in the early modern economic history of Africa, whereas in reality it disturbed the existing economic structures relatively little.”—Journal of Historical Geography

David Eltis was, at the time of publication, instructor in the Department of Economics at Algonquin College, Canada, and has had several articles published in scholarly journals and anthologies. James Walvin was senior lecturer in the Department of History at the University of York, England. He has written several books on British social history and is the co-editor of Slavery, Abolition and Emancipation (1977). Svend E. Green-Pedersen was a lecturer at Aarhus University, Denmark, and has published a number of articles on the Danish slave trade.


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December 1981
LC: 80-052290 HT
304 pp.   6 x 9
ISBN-10: 0-299-08490-6
ISBN-13: 978-0-299-08490-5
Paper $30.00 s

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