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Africa and Africans in the Making of the Atlantic World, 1400-1800 (Studies in Comparative World History) 2nd Edition
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Aside from this initial placesetting, the book is divided into two parts--"Africans in Africa", and "Africans in the New World". In the first section, Thornton skillfully explores the impact of European-dominated Atlantic trade on west African societies and economies, deftly dissolving common myths as well as disassembling the more carefully constructed theories and assertions of several generations of earnest historians.Read more ›
Starting with a consideration of African concepts of property (i.e., only personalty and chattel could be considered property by individuals since all realty was under collective ownership and could only temporarily be alienated), Thornton builds on how chattel property, notably slaves, were the basis for individual wealth in West Africa prior to the arrival of Europeans. Next, he considers how this caused the numerous wars and raids that continued to take place throughout West Africa.
He also looks at whether (and to what extent) supposed European superiority encouraged the slave trade - or at least made it a more violent and dehumanizing practice. Europeans governments were kept out of Africa and had to largely rely on factors or intermediaries for trade - with the exception of the Luso-Africans in Angola. Europeans traders had to submit tariffs and bribes to the local rulers and nobility, as well as meet the rulers' quotas at inflated prices.
As to economic pressure for trade, Thornton notes that there were no essential goods which the West sold to these leaders that could not have been otherwise attained in Africa. In addition, iron and horses could be bought from the Arabs and were also produced and bred in West Africa.Read more ›
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Dry in parts but overall a good overview on the beginning of the slave tradePublished 4 months ago by Cortney R
For a graduate level history class, lucky me, I already owned the book,Published 22 months ago by Rabbit the Reader
19 Africans were brought to the new World in this ships Treasurer and White Lion the first privateers in 1619. Read morePublished on March 26, 2014 by DJ
Its just simple it one of the most prosaic banal books I have ever come across. I believe the information in that book could be less pedantic at least.Published on August 8, 2013 by chukky
My son needed this book for one of his college courses and I found this book at a great price and he can re sell it when he is done using it.Published on January 23, 2013 by Pepper
I am happy with this purchase. Clean text and the book was in great condition overall. The price was fit for it.Published on October 1, 2011 by thelma
This probably is one of the best histories of the Atlantic slave trade available. While extremely scholarly, it lacks some of the sociological and psychological angles that would... Read morePublished on June 4, 2011 by J. Smallridge