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5.0 out of 5 stars An exceptional historical narrative
Using an academic (yet accessible) narrative, Walvin successfully educates the reader about the unspeakable horrors of British slavery. The physical and mental colinisation of the African slaves is brilliantly descirbed, as well as the barbaric conditions that made slavery one of history's most durable institutions. This book should be read by anyone who wishes to...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Textbook style
This book is not written in an arresting style, so could be better described as a textbook or reference book for someone studying the slave trade as part of a social studies course. Indeed, the copy I bought had highlighting and notations throughout, as a course textbook would. (This was unfortunate and disappointing, as it had been described as 'like new' by the seller.)
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An exceptional historical narrative, 4 Sep 2000
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Using an academic (yet accessible) narrative, Walvin successfully educates the reader about the unspeakable horrors of British slavery. The physical and mental colinisation of the African slaves is brilliantly descirbed, as well as the barbaric conditions that made slavery one of history's most durable institutions. This book should be read by anyone who wishes to unravel the historical fabric of black/white race relations in the western world.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb history of slavery, 8 Jun 2011
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This book was recommended by Philippa Gregory in her notes and references at the end of A Respectable Trade, which is a superb book in itself. I found it on Amazon in reasonable used condition and found it to be well researched and absorbing account of the Slave Trade and Slavery in the English colonies of the West Indies and the soon to be United States. It also covers some of the French, Dutch, Spanish and Portuguese slave trade. I didn't know that Brazil had slavery until the 1870's, nor that Liverpool had over 100 sailing ships employed as slavers.

All aspects are covered including the farming of slaves in Africa, the horrendous journeys across the ocean, life in the plantations, rebellions and escapes by slaves, and slavery in England. The changing attitudes of the British towards slavery is well covered and the hypocrisy of God fearing wealthy people trading in humanity whilst practising Christianity. Muslim slavers in africa are memtioned too as are the hypocrites in the southern states of the USA which depended upon slave labour.

This is readable narrative history and prompts me to look for more books on the topic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars all this for a smoke and a cup of tea?, 31 Oct 1999
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Walvin's conclusion that the slave trade was largely driven by British appetite for tobacco and sugar sounds ludicrous and plausible at the same time. To think that the cravings for sweetness could keep the barbarity of the slave trade going over more than two centuries somehow leave a bitter taste in my modern European mouth--good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars All you need to know about the slave trade., 5 Dec 2013
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This review is from: Black Ivory Second Edition: Slavery in the British Empire (Paperback)
This is a comprehensive and relatively easy to read book covering every aspect of the slave trade; a great reference for those doing A-level history.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Textbook style, 16 July 2011
This review is from: Black Ivory Second Edition: Slavery in the British Empire (Paperback)
This book is not written in an arresting style, so could be better described as a textbook or reference book for someone studying the slave trade as part of a social studies course. Indeed, the copy I bought had highlighting and notations throughout, as a course textbook would. (This was unfortunate and disappointing, as it had been described as 'like new' by the seller.)
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