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Sidney Chalhoub is professor of history at the University of Campinas, Brazil, and one of the best specialists in Slavery, particularly after its abolition in Brazil.  Professor Chalhoub claims that... [Event]
The colloquium focused on the long-term consequences of the British abolition of the Atlantic slave trade (1807-8). The conference focused on:the "invention" of alternative forms of labor recruitment... [Event]
The Netherlands abolished slavery exactly 150 years ago, but controversy continues about how much the country actually earned from slavery and the slave trade. IISH, VU University Amsterdam and... [News]
Sugar was the single most valuable bulk commodity traded internationally before oil became the world’s prime resource. From the sixteenth to the eighteenth century, cane sugar production was pre-... [Publication]
Historically, capitalism has always integrated various forms of unfree labour, including chattel slavery, convict labour and debt bondage. Contrary to purported wisdom, these forms of exploitation... [Publication]
In 1807 the British "Act for the Abolition of the Slave Trade" received the Royal Assent. The Act represented the first significant attempt by a Great Power to exert global influence over the... [Publication]
Local populations of the Caucasus including the Circassians long practiced various forms of servitude and slave trading. In the nineteenth century, many inhabitants of the Caucasus, especially... [Item of the Day]
While parental emotions and well-being of the elderly slaves seemed of no interest to plantation holders, costs of maintenance were. In 1870s Brazil, it cost more to rear a locally-born slave child... [Item of the Day]
On 29 August 1793 the former domestic slave Toussaint l'Ouverture spoke in the language of the French Revolution to the black inhabitants of the Caribbean island Saint Domingue:Brothers and friends,... [Item of the Day]
The Amistad Rebellion is one of the most famous shipboard revolts in history. It was part of a massive Atlantic wave of resistance to slavery during the 1830s.On 2 July 1839, 53 enslaved Africans on... [Item of the Day]