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Atlantic Slave Trade

Herbert S. Klein

in African Studies

ISBN: 9780199846733
Published online January 2015 | | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/obo/9780199846733-0167
Atlantic Slave Trade

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The Atlantic slave trade remained one of the least studied areas in modern Western historiography until the middle of the 20th century. This late start was not due to any lack of sources, for the materials available for its study were abundant in both printed and manuscript form from the very beginning. Rather, it was ignored because of its close association with European imperialism and the institution of slavery, which resulted in a lack of interest in a morally difficult problem and to a lack of methodological tools for analyzing the complex quantitative data. Since the 1920s, however, an upsurge of modern studies has made the slave trade one of the most-studied human migrations of the modern period. These studies have resolved the basic questions of age, sex, and volume of this forced migration; the origin and direction of the trade; and its organization and financing. Most recently it has involved long-term studies on its impact on African and American development.

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Subjects: African History ; African Languages ; African Music ; African Philosophy ; African Studies

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