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The Slave Trade and Culture in the Bight of Biafra [electronic resource]: An African Society in the Atlantic World

G. Ugo Nwokeji
Format
EBook; Book; Online
Published
New York : Cambridge University Press, 2010.
Language
English
ISBN
9780521883474 (hardback), 0521883474 (hardback)
Summary
"The Slave Trade and Culture in the Bight of Biafra dissects and explains the structure, dramatic expansion, and manifold effects of the slave trade in the Bight of Biafra. By showing that the rise of the Aro merchant group was the key factor in trade expansion, G. Ugo Nwokeji reinterprets why and how such large-scale commerce developed in the absence of large-scale centralized states. The result is the first study to link the structure and trajectory of the slave trade in a major exporting region to the expansion of a specific African merchant group - among other fresh insights into Atlantic Africa's involvement in the trade - and the most comprehensive treatment of Atlantic slave trade in the Bight of Biafra. The fundamental role of culture in the organization of trade is highlighted, transcending the usual economic explanations in a way that complicates traditional generalizations about work, domestic slavery, and gender in pre-colonial Africa"--
Contents
Machine generated contents note: 1. Introduction; 2. The Aro in the Atlantic context: expansion and shifts, 1600s-1807; 3. The trade diaspora in regional context: commercial organization in the era of expansion, 1740-1850; 4. Culture formation in the trading frontier, c.1740-c.1850; 5. Household and market persons: deportees and society, c.1740-c.1850; 6. The slave trade, gender, and culture; 7. Cultural and economic change after the overseas slave trade era; 8. Summary and conclusions.
Description
Mode of access: World wide Web.
Notes
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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