This book 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.
Kwame Nimako teaches International Relations at the Graduate School of Social Sciences, University of Amsterdam. He is the co-author of The Dutch Atlantic (Pluto, 2011). Glenn Willemsen (1948-2008) was the first director of the National Institute for the Study of Dutch Slavery and its Legacy (NiNsee) from 2003 to 2008. He was also Adjunct Professor at the Union Institute & University, Cincinnati, Ohio from 1999 to 2008. He is co-author of The Dutch Atlantic (Pluto, 2011).
Acknowledgements Foreword Stephen Small, UC Berkeley Preface Artwell Cain, NiNsee 1. Introduction, Goals and Issues Introduction and Goals Context and Concepts Importance and Relevance Overview of Chapters 2. Transatlantic Slavery and the Rise of the European World Order The Age of Banditry (1492-1648) Sovereignty and Chattel Slavery (1648-1789) Citizenship, Slavery and the `Free Soil Ideology' Science and Chattel Slavery 3. Chattel Slavery, Sugar and Salt Slavery and the Making of Global Economy Slavery and Sugar Sugar and Suriname Pacification and Resistance 4. Abolition without Emancipation European and Systemic Context From Regulation to Intervention Modalities of Abolition: Progressive Control versus Transformative Change Abolition and Citizenship 5. Trajectories of Emancipation: Religion, Class, Gender and Race Religion and Emancipation Class and Emancipation viii The Dutch Atlantic Gender and Emancipation Race and Emancipation The Immediate Aftermath of Abolition 6. The Legacy of Slavery: The Unfinished Business of Emancipation Memory and Dignitarianism Commemorators and Commemoration Integration and Multiculturalism NiNsee as a Contested Project Museums and Galleries Reparations Anniversaries and Apologies 7. Conclusion: Parallel Histories and Intertwined Belonging Some Conclusions A Final Note Bibliography Index