Abolition of the Slave Trade

Ann: a conference in Amsterdam, 30 June-2 July

The Abolition of the Slave Trade: Long-term Consequences
A conference at the IISH from 30 June until 2 July 2008.

The colloquium focuses on the long-term consequences of the British abolition of the Atlantic slave trade (1807-8):

  1. The "invention" of alternative forms of labor recruitment in the affected regions in the Americas;
  2. The influence of the abolition on struggles against unfree labor in other parts of the world;
  3. Impact of the abolition on Africa;
  4. Shifts in the production of tropical cash crops to other parts of the world and the possible link of these shifts to the Abolition Act;
  5. European abolition and the end of New World slavery as an ideological argument in favor of European colonialism.

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