The Rise of African Slavery in the Americas 1st Printing Edition
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"The Rise of African Slavery bears all the hallmarks of the historical craftsmanship we have come to expect from Eltis; a grasp of theoretical and statistical complexity, a mastery of archival materials and a rare ability to impose a tight and disciplined argument on material which, in less talented hands, might overwhelm the author. Here, as elsewhere, Eltis reveals himself to be the finest historian in the field." International Journal of Maritime History
"Eltis has produced a volume of remarkable empirical depth and insightful interpretation that deserves a wide audience. His enormously important book will no doubt quickly come to be regarded as one of the best examples of what the growing field of Atlantic history has to offer...The author's probing, often provocative conclusions will surely stimulate debate among specialists in a range of subfields concerned with the early modern histories of Europe, Africa, and the Americas." William and Mary Quarterly
"Commented the Gilder Lehrman Center's director, David Brion Davis, professor of history at Yale: ' This work fundamentally reshapes our understanding of the origins and development of African slavery in the New World...Professor Eltis' painstakingly researched and convincingly argued book stands as a major contribution to the field.'" Houston, TX NEWSPAGES
"As an economic history of the Atlantic slave trade and the plantation complex in the Americas, Dr. Eltis's work contains an impressive amount of factual and quantitative detail." The Americas
"The book shows that African agency was crucially important in determining who entered the slave trade and how it was conducted...Eltis writes clearly and provocatively and never loses sight of the larger framework he is dicussing." The International History Review
"This is a well-crafted, imaginatively constructed, complex account of why slavery in the Americas became exclusively African...This elegantly written account is tantalizing, provocative..." American Historical Review Dec 2001
"...a sophisticated, highly recommended, and unusually stimulating book with an outstanding bibliography...readers will admire the strong appeal to consider the cultural dimensions of economic and political decision-making." The Historian
- Publisher : Cambridge University Press; 1st Printing edition (January 5, 2010)
- Language: : English
- Paperback : 372 pages
- ISBN-10 : 052165548X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0521655484
- Item Weight : 1.26 pounds
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.93 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #937,671 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Although this work has many positives (an attempt to link quantitative and qualitative at the top of the list), it is not without issues. Chief among them is that Eltis, although attempting to write an Atlantic history linking Europe, Africa, and the Americas, does not seem to fully grasp African culture. His methodological approach seems to be to put things in opposition or to use very broad categories, such as ethnicity. This seems to make the mistake of treating Africa as one homogenous society, not the diverse group of people it was and is. The insider-outsider dichotomy is problematic for the same reasons. Eltis spends many pages describing how Africans defined "insiders" but does not seem to have the evidence to back it up. As an economic history of the Atlantic slave trade, Eltis' work is a success. However, his larger goal seemed to incorporate cultural history as well and on that account, especially when it comes to Africa, his work is wanting.