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Paperback320 PagesSize: 270 × 249 mm
ISBN: 9780853319672Publication: August 28, 2014

'The beautifully illustrated volume draws readers deeply into the experience of slavery and the long process of abolition, offering vivid perspectives on the slave trade in both the Atlantic and Indian Ocean worlds....Readers will be fascinated by the degree to which the legacies of the trade and its abolition extend to the present...Essential.' Choice

Representing Slavery

Art, Artefacts and Archives in the Collections of the National Maritime Museum

Edited by Douglas Hamilton and Robert J. Blyth, with essays by James Walvin, David Richardson, John Oldfield, Hakim Adi, Marcus Wood, Geoff Quilley, Paul Lovejoy and Jane Webster

£25.00 GBP

  • Catalogues over 600 items from the National Maritime Museum's unrivalled slavery collections, reflecting enslavement in Africa and the Indian Ocean as well as the Atlantic
  • Features paintings; etchings; photographs; striking artefacts such as manacles and whips; accounts of slave voyages; plantation records and Abolitionist materials

Representing Slavery draws on the extensive collections of the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, to offer unique insights into the histories and legacies of slavery, the slave trade and abolition from the mid-16th until the early 20th centuries.

Now available in paperback, the book illustrates and documents a wide range of objects relating to the slave trade, including maps, photographs, pamphlets and official publications, ethnographic documents, newspapers, paintings, prints and drawings.Ten specially commissioned essays by leading scholars provide a fascinating historical framework, demonstrating the scale and brutality of slavery, the form and extent of African resistance, and the widespread nature of efforts to achieve abolition and emancipation.

Representing Slavery reveals, in stark detail, the lasting and multifaceted impact of slavery on Africa as a whole, Europe, and the Americas, as well as highlighting the importance of the often overlooked slave trades in East Africa and the Indian Ocean.

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