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

  • This edition includes a new chapter on eighteenth-century developments
  • Comprehensive exploration of Africa's involvement in the Atlantic world from 1500-1800
  • Focuses on cause and consequences of the slave trade, examining in detail factors in Africa, Europe, and the New World

Series: Studies in Comparative World History

By: John Thornton(Author)

378 pages, 5 b/w illustrations, 5 maps

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | Jul 1998 | Edition: 2 | #212396 | ISBN: 0521627249
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Hardback | Jul 1998 | Edition: 2 | #212397 | ISBN: 0521622174
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This 1998 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.

"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

Part I. Africans in Africa
1. The birth of the Atlantic world
2. The development of commerce between Europeans and Africans
3. Slavery and African social structure
4. The process of enslavement and the slave trade

Part II. Africans in the New World
5. Africans in colonial Atlantic societies
6. Africans and Afro-Americans in the Atlantic world: life and labour
7. African cultural groups in the Atlantic world
8. Transformations of African culture in the Atlantic world
9. African religions and Christianity in the Atlantic world
10. Resistance, runaways, and rebels

Part III. Africans in the Eighteenth-Century Atlantic World

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