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Subject: QUESTION: Economic Impact on Slavery in Africa (fwd)
Economic Impact on Slavery in Africa
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From: Richard H. Robbins (Robbinrh.splava.cc.plattsburgh.edu)
Date sent: 9-OCT-1995 10:18:06
Can anyone recommend a work that addresses the impact of slavery on the
economic development of Africa? More specifically, did the loss of adult
men and women to slavery significantly affect local economies by either
depriving communities of workers, or significantly reducing demand for
Richard H. Robbins
Department of Anthropology
SUNY at Plattsburgh
. . .
Date: Mon, 9 Oct 1995 12:04:44 -0700
From: Jack Owens
Idaho State University
. . .
On the early period of the Atlantic slave trade, I would recommend
John Thornton, Africa and Africans in the Making of the Atlantic
World, 1400-1680 (Cambridge Univ. Pr., 1992) not only because his
own arguments are interesting but also because he does a good job of
summarizing the state of the debate. In a recent number of Africa
in History (vol. 19?), there was a debate over economic history and
the slave trade that focused on Thornton's work.
I hope that this helps. Jack
Date: Tue, 10 Oct 1995 09:33:26 -0700
From: DP Gutelius, Johns Hopkins <WWCEM252@SIVM.SI.EDU>
In heartily concurring with Jack's recommendation, I might add a few more:
- Law, Robin. The Slave Coast of West Africa, 1550-1750: The Impact of the Atlantic
Slave Trade on an African Society
- (Oxford, 1991).
- Lovejoy, Paul E., Transformations in Slavery
- (Cambridge, 1983).
Also, see his article in the Journal of African History, "The Impact of the
Atlantic Slave Trade on Africa: A Review of the Literature," 30: pp. 365-394 (1989).
Manning, Patrick, Slavery and African Life: Occidental, Oriental, and African Slave
- (Cambridge, 1990)
- Fage, "Slavery and the Slave Trade in the Context of West African History"
- [A] classic article in the 1969 issue of the JAH, 10: pp. 393-404. [It] still
holds water today.
- Bathily, Abdulaye, "La traité Atlantique des esclaves et ses effets économiques
et sociaux en Afrique: la cas du Galam, royaume de l'hinterland sénégambien aux
- Journ. of African Hist. 27: pp. 269-293.
- Boulegue, Jean. Les Anciens Royaumes Wolof
- (Karthala, 1987)
- Curtin, Philip.
- You might do wel to check out the first chapters of Phil Curtin's
Cross-cultural Trade in World History (Cambridge, 1994).
The Johns Hopkins University
Date: Tue, 10 Oct 1995 10:17:28 -0700
From: Clay McShane <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Try Pat Manning, Slavery and African Life Occidental, Oriental, and
African Slave Trades (Cambridge: New York: Cambridge University
Press, 1990) for a detailed look at the demographic and ultimately