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New Approaches to the Comparative Abolition in the Atlantic and Indian Oceans

Edited By Jesús Sanjurjo, Manuel Barcia Copyright 2023
    158 Pages
    by Routledge

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    Taking the theme of 'abolition' as its point of departure, this book builds on the significant growth in scholarship on unfree labour in the Atlantic and Indian Ocean worlds during the past two decades. The essays included here revisit some of the persistent problems posed by the traditional comparative literature on slavery and indentured labour and identify new and exciting areas for future research. This book is intended for a broad audience, including scholars, students as well as for a general readership who have specific interests in the history of the slave trade, slavery and imperial history. It was originally published as a special issue of the journal, Atlantic Studies: Global Currents.


    Jesús Sanjurjo and Manuel Barcia

    1. The Cape Lopez Africans at Maranhão: Geo-political literacy, British consuls, and the demise of the transatlantic slave trade to Brazil

    Dale Graden

    2. On the frontlines of slave trade abolition: British consuls combat state capture in Cuba and Mozambique

    Randy J. Sparks

    3. From abolition of the slave trade to protection of immigrants: Danish colonialism, German missionaries, and the development of ideas of humanitarian governance from the early eighteenth to the nineteenth century

    Preben Kaarsholm

    4. Guerrilla inscription: Transatlantic abolition and the 1851 census

    Bridget Bennett

    5. In the shadows between slave and free: A case for detangling the word "slave" from the word "chattel"

    Jennie Jeppesen

    6. Shared Atlantic legal culture: the case of a freedom suit in Benguela

    Mariana Armond Dias Paes


    Jesús Sanjurjo is an Early Career Fellow of the Leverhulme and Isaac Newton Trusts at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Corpus Christi College. He is the author of In the Blood of Our Brothers. Abolitionism and the End of the Slave Trade in Spain’s Atlantic Empire, 1800–1870 (2021).

    Manuel Barcia is Chair of Global History at the University of Leeds. He is a scholar in the field of Atlantic and Slavery Studies. He has published extensively on the subjects of slave resistance, slave rebellion and the transfers of West African warfare knowledge to the Americas, with an emphasis on nineteenth-century Brazil and Cuba.