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Before Middle Passage: Translated Portuguese Manuscripts of Atlantic Slave Trading from West Africa to Iberian Territories, 1513-26
Before Middle Passage: Translated Portuguese Manuscripts of Atlantic Slave Trading from West Africa to Iberian Territories, 1513-26
Edited by Trevor P. Hall

Before Middle Passage: Translated Portuguese Manuscripts of Atlantic Slave Trading from West Africa to Iberian Territories, 1513-26

On the 20th of January 1526, the Santiago left Lisbon bound for Africa with a cargo of iron and cloth; by early October the ship was back in Portugal with a very different cargo, 108 enslaved Africans. This volume consists of a translation into English of the receipt book from the customs office of the Cape Verde Islands. In it, Portuguese customs agents recorded import duties on over 3,000 slaves transported from nearby West Africa in 36 ships. The ...

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British Humanitarianism and the Congo Reform Movement, 1896-1913
British Humanitarianism and the Congo Reform Movement, 1896-1913
Dean Pavlakis

British Humanitarianism and the Congo Reform Movement, 1896-1913

Examining key factors in the successes and failures of a pivotal movement that aided the colonized people of the Congo and broadened the idea of human rights, this book provides a valuable update to scholarship on the history of humanitarianism in Africa. The Congo Reform movement built on the institutional experience of overseas humanitarianism, the energy of evangelical political involvement, and innovations in racial, imperial, and nationalist ...

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Cracks in the Dome: Fractured Histories of Empire in the Zanzibar Museum, 1897-1964
Cracks in the Dome: Fractured Histories of Empire in the Zanzibar Museum, 1897-1964
Sarah Longair

Cracks in the Dome: Fractured Histories of Empire in the Zanzibar Museum, 1897-1964

As one of the most recognisable landmarks from Zanzibar’s years as a British Protectorate, the distinctive domed building of the Peace Memorial Museum is widely known and admired by Zanzibaris and visitors alike. Yet the compelling history behind its construction and collection has been overlooked until now. Through vivid narratives involving people, objects and exhibits, this book exposes the fractures, contradictions and tensions in creating and ...

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The Postcolonial Intellectual
The Postcolonial Intellectual
Oliver Lovesey

The Postcolonial Intellectual

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o in Context

Oliver Lovesey examines the conundrum of the postcolonial intellectual, a central yet critically overlooked figure in the postcolonial project. He focuses on Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o within his cultural, historical, and intellectual contexts, primarily with respect to his non-fictional prose writings, including his neglected early journalism and ...

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Reviving the Islamic Caliphate in Early Modern Morocco
Reviving the Islamic Caliphate in Early Modern Morocco
Stephen Cory

Reviving the Islamic Caliphate in Early Modern Morocco

Historians have long grappled with the question of how Islamic civilization - so clearly dominant during the medieval period - could fall completely under Western hegemony in the modern age? Many Western writers answer this question by referencing European ingenuity, initiative, and transformative energy in contrast with Islamic parochialism, passivity, and resistance to change. This book challenges such assumptions by studying the career of an aggressive ...

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Women and Religion in the Atlantic Age, 1550-1900
Women and Religion in the Atlantic Age, 1550-1900
Edited by Emily Clark and Mary Laven

Women and Religion in the Atlantic Age, 1550-1900

Drawing upon early modern religious history and the study of the Atlantic World, this collection provides a longue durée overview of women and religion within a transatlantic context. Taking as its starting point the work of Natalie Zemon Davis on the effects of confessional difference among women in the age of religious reformations, the volume expands the focus to encompass a much broader temporal and geographic boundaries. The result is a series ...

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Collision of Empires
Collision of Empires
Edited by G. Bruce Strang

Collision of Empires

Italy's Invasion of Ethiopia and its International Impact

Italy's invasion of Ethiopia in 1935 marked a turning point in interwar Europe. The last great European colonial conquest in Africa, the conflict represented an enormous gamble for the Fascist dictator Benito Mussolini. He faced a challenge not only from a stout Ethiopian defence, but also from difficult logistics made worse by the League ...

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The Ottoman World, the Mediterranean and North Africa, 1660–1760
The Ottoman World, the Mediterranean and North Africa, 1660–1760
Colin Heywood

The Ottoman World, the Mediterranean and North Africa, 1660–1760

Dr Heywood’s second volume of collected papers in the Variorum series brings together fourteen studies published between 2000 and 2010. They represent two of the main strands of his interests during the past decade: the era of Ottoman history dominated by the ministerial family of Köprülü; and the maritime history of the ‘post-Braudelian’ Mediterranean in the later 17th and early 18th centuries, with a particular focus on the English maritime and ...

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