The Dutch Atlantic: Slavery, Abolition and Emancipation


The Dutch Atlantic: Slavery, Abolition and Emancipation


Co-authors: Glenn Willemsen, Kwame Nimako

Translator: Eric Mielants


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Eric Mielants is the Dutch to English translator of this book.

Book description: The Dutch Atlantic interrogates the Dutch involvement in Atlantic slavery and assesses the historical consequences of this for contemporary European society.

Kwame Nimako and Glenn Willemsen show how the slave trade and slavery intertwined economic, social and cultural elements, including nation-state formation in the Netherlands and across Europe. They explore the mobilisation of European populations in the implementation of policies that facilitated Atlantic slavery and examine how European countries created and expanded laws that perpetuated colonisation.

Addressing key themes such as the incorporation of the formerly enslaved into post-slavery states and contemporary collective efforts to forget and/or remember slavery and its legacy in the Netherlands, this is an essential text for students of European history and postcolonial studies.



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Mielants, Eric, translation (from Dutch to English): Willemsen, Glenn & Nimako, Kwame. The Dutch Atlantic: Slavery, Abolition and Emancipation. London: Pluto Press, 2011.


Copyright 2011 Pluto Press.

Originally pub. as: Willemsen, Glenn & Nimako, Kwame. Dagen van gejuich en gejubel. Amsterdam: Amrit, 2006.