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Suppression of the Atlantic Slave Trade : British Policies, Practices and Representations of Naval

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The suppression of the Atlantic slave trade saw the British Empire turn naval power and moral outrage against a branch of commerce it had done so much to promote. The assembled authors bridge the gap between ship and shore to reveal the motives, effects, and legacies of this nineteenth-century campaign. As the first academic history of Britain's efforts to suppress the Atlantic slave trade in more than 30 years, the book gathers experts in history, literature, historical geography, museum studies, and the history of medicine to analyse naval suppression in light of recent work on slavery and empire. Three sections reveal the policies, experiences and representations of slave-trade suppression from the perspectives of metropolitan Britons, liberated Africans, black sailors, colonialists, and naval officers. A collaborative endeavor, this new history of the slave trade offers striking conclusions about the importance of African personnel in sustaining the Royal Navy's operations; a case study of liberated slaves' experiences of 'freedom'; critical readings of the public and private literature of suppression; and an innovative analysis of the commemoration of the anti-slavery squadron during Britain's 2007 bicentennial of abolition. These social, political, and cultural studies of naval suppression will inform our understanding of imperial history, the Atlantic world, slavery and abolition, whether introducing the campaign to new audiences or encouraging scholars to reconsider it afresh.
The suppression of the Atlantic slave trade saw the British Empire turn naval power and moral outrage against a branch of commerce it had done so much to promote. The assembled authors bridge the gap between ship and shore to reveal the motives, effects, and legacies of this nineteenth-century campaign. As the first academic history of Britain's efforts to suppress the Atlantic slave trade in more than 30 years, the book gathers experts in history, literature, historical geography, museum studies, and the history of medicine to analyse naval suppression in light of recent work on slavery and empire. Three sections reveal the policies, experiences and representations of slave-trade suppression from the perspectives of metropolitan Britons, liberated Africans, black sailors, colonialists, and naval officers. A collaborative endeavor, this new history of the slave trade offers striking conclusions about the importance of African personnel in sustaining the Royal Navy's operations; a case study of liberated slaves' experiences of 'freedom'; critical readings of the public and private literature of suppression; and an innovative analysis of the commemoration of the anti-slavery squadron during Britain's 2007 bicentennial of abolition. These social, political, and cultural studies of naval suppression will inform our understanding of imperial history, the Atlantic world, slavery and abolition, whether introducing the campaign to new audiences or encouraging scholars to reconsider it afresh.
Number of Pages: 216
Genre: History
Sub-Genre: History, Africa
Series Title: Studies in Imperialism
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Manchester Univ Pr
Language: English
Street Date: September 1, 2015
TCIN: 46761609
UPC: 9780719085116
Item Number (DPCI): 247-51-7416
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