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1st Edition

Atlas of Slavery

ISBN 9780582437807
Published August 24, 2005 by Routledge
160 Pages

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Book Description

Slavery transformed Africa, Europe and the Americas and hugely-enhanced the well-being of the West but the subject of slavery can be hard to understand because of its huge geographic and chronological span. This book uses a unique atlas format to present the story of slavery, explaining its historical importance and making this complex story and its geographical setting easy to understand.

Table of Contents

Introduction.  1. Slavery in a global setting.  2. The Ancient World.  3. Overland Trade Routes.  4. European slavery and slave trades.  5. Exploration and the spread of sugar.  6. Europeans, slaves and West Africa.  7. Britain, slavery and the slave trade.  8. Africa.  9. The Atlantic.  10. Crossing the Atlantic.  11. Destinations.  12. Arrivals.  13. Brazil.  14. The Caribbean.  15. North America.  16. Cotton and the USA.  17. Slave Resistance.  18. Abolition and Emancipation.  19. East Africa and the Indian Ocean.  20. Slavery after abolition.  21. Chronology

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"James Walvin maps the history of slavery from ancient to modern times and provides a succinctly written commentary on the same,.......further enhancing his reputation as one of the leading international figures in raising public awareness and understanding of slavery and its impact on global history".

David Richardson, Professor of Economic History, University of Hull.


This is a wide-ranging and extremely useful study of the historical geography of slavery and the slave trade. This Atlas will be an invaluable resource for students studying slavery and for the general reader interested in this important area.

Professor Gad Heuman, Department of History, University of Warwick.