A Short History of Slavery review Ò 3

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A Short History of Slavery review Ò 3 Å As we approach the bicentenary of the abolition of the Atlantic trade Walvin has selected the historical texts that recreate the mindset that made such a savage institution possible morally acceptable even Setting these historical documents against Walvin's own incisive historical narrative the two layerLe morally acceptable even Setting these historical documents against Walvin's own incisive historical narrative the two layers of this extraordinary definitive account of the Atl. This book is exactly what it says on the cover a short history of slavery The focus is mainly on the AtlanticBritish slave trade although there are a few short chapters on slavery in other periods I really wanted to know about slavery as I think Dutch education doesn't provide us with enough study material on the subject and this was a good place to start The first half of the book was well written the second half dragged out a bit and was denser I appreciated the fact that Walvin used contemporary sources in each chapter it made me feel of a connection to the subject as opposed to this being a very cold scientific book which some people feel it is I think this has the right balance of humanity and science

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As we approach the bicentenary of the abolition of the Atlantic trade Walvin has selected the historical texts that recreate the mindset that made such a savage institution possib. A very boring and inconseuential book There was no heart to it which is something difficult to imagine considering the subject matter at hand Walvin becomes his own victim stating early on that 'What follows is not meant to diminish that suffering by reducing it to simple statistics which can mask the human misery they represent' when this is exactly the type of aura he is ultimately presenting There's no depth although I suppose this can be forgiven given the 'short' nature of the book it's bland and it's just hard to read and to care aboutI also don't understand how this is a short history of slavery when 90% of the book is still concentrated on American slavery albeit that but one that is sprinkled in with British importance here and there and vaguely book ended by slavery further afield in the Islamic and Roman worlds What about modern day slavery This is but a footnote The structure of the book was very jarring as well Each chapter briefly outlines the subject matter at hand and then just seems to give up using sources again exceedingly bland ones at that to somewhat link into his own explanations It just doesn't work and it feels very lazy near the end I found myself simply skipping sources just to get through these tedious fillers Ultimately this book is just about the broad strokes I wouldn't call it A Short History of Slavery but instead that of an Incomplete History of Slavery I would have liked at least one mention of figures such as Harriet Tubman or the conseuence of the American Civil War but it just wasn't presented If you're interested in sources this book would definitely be of use to you but as someone who wants to get to real grips with the history she's reading about it just wasn't for me

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A Short History of SlaveryAntic slave trade enable us to understand the rise and fall of one of the most shameful chapters in British history the repercussions of which the modern world is still living wit. I found this book a bit awkward to read due to the long tracts of contemporary writings 18th century English is about as appealing to me as eating a bowl of dry muesli Otherwise it was an informative readI think including a timeline of the events described in the book and some pictures would have helped And using a different typeface when uoting contemporary writings would improve the appearance of the book