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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]
The Belgian missionary Louis Hennepin was picnicking on the banks on the Mississippi on 12 April 1680, when he 'suddenly perceived fifty bark canoes, conducted by 120 Indians, entirely nude, who... [Item of the Day]
On January 8, 1992, the first 'Wednesday Demonstration' was held by surviving comfort women and sympathizers in front of the Japanese embassy in Seoul. The demonstration was sponsored by the Korean... [Item of the Day]
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]