The Slave Trade
The Story of the Atlantic Slave Trade, 1440-1870
By (author) Hugh Thomas
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Slave Trade by Hugh Thomas
Book DescriptionAfter many years of research, award-winning historian Hugh Thomas portrays, in a balanced account, the complete history of the slave trade. Beginning with the first Portuguese slaving expeditions, he describes and analyzes the rise of one of the largest and most elaborate maritime and commercial ventures in all of history. Between 1492 and 1870, approximately eleven million black slaves were carried from Africa to the Americas to work on plantations, in mines, or as servants in houses. The Slave Trade is alive with villains and heroes and illuminated by eyewitness accounts. Hugh Thomas's achievement is not only to present a compelling history of the time but to answer as well such controversial questions as who the traders were, the extent of the profits, and why so many African rulers and peoples willingly collaborated. Thomas also movingly describes such accounts as are available from the slaves themselves.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780684835655
(241mm x 152mm x 43mm)
Imprint: Pocket Books
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publish Date: 22-Feb-1999
Country of Publication: United States
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Golden Age, Paperback (November 2011)
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Rivers of Gold, Paperback (November 2010)» View all books by Hugh Thomas
Tells the story of the hundreds of conquistadors who set sail on the precarious journey across the Atlantic - taking with them wheat, the horse, the guitar and the wheel as well as guns, malaria and slaves - to create an empire that made Spain the envy of the world.
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Author Biography - Hugh Thomas
Hugh Thomas is the author of The Spanish Civil War, Conquest, and many other books. A former Chairman of the Centre for Policy Studies (U.K.), he was made Lord Thomas of Swinnerton in 1981. He is currently a University Professor at Boston University. He lives in London.
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