For centuries social and economic relations within the Atlantic space were dominated by slavery and the transatlantic slave trade from Africa to the Americas. By the slowly and arduously achieved end of this trade, slave labour in the Americas was replaced in many cases by other forms of coerced labour of African Caribbean people or Indian, Chinese, African or European immigrants. This book focuses on the transformation of societies after the slave trade and slavery in a comparative intercontinental perspective. It combines micro- and macro-historical approaches and looks at the agency of slaves, missionaries, abolitionists, state officials, seamen and soldiers.
Ulrike Schmieder teaches Latin American and Caribbean History at the Leibniz University Hanover.
Katja Füllberg-Stolberg teaches African and African American History at the University of Zürich and Leibniz University Hanover.
Michael Zeuske is professor for Latin American and Iberian History at the University of Cologne (Universität zu Köln).