Atlantic American Societies by Alan Karras, J.R. McNeill

By Alan Karras, J.R. McNeill

In the chronological framework of Implantation, Maturation and Transition, this publication presents the historical past of ecu enlargement within the Americas from the age of Columbus throughout the abolition of slavery. Suggesting a shift within the conventional devices of research clear of nationally outlined obstacles, this quantity considers all the Americas - and Africa - to inspire scholars to work out the bigger interimperial concerns which ruled behaviour in either the recent international and the previous. It additionally presents scholars with a mechanism for viewing interimperial rivalries from the most important attainable point of view, by means of focusing, not just on advertisement and demographic historical past and armed forces and financial interplay among metropolitan areas and their colonies, yet at the interdependence of ecu, African, and Amerindian peoples and tradition.

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Manning proceeds to discuss slavery in the ancient Mediterranean, Asia, medieval Europe, and the Islamic world. 45 ATLANTIC AMERICAN SOCIETIES During the Crusades—the Mediterranean religious wars of the eleventh through fifteenth centuries—Christians enslaved Moslems and Moslems enslaved Christians. These Crusades continued longest in the west, where the long Christian reconquista of the Iberian peninsula, along with wars in North Africa and piracy in the Mediterranean, served to keep slavery alive and well.

In his 1990 book Slavery and African Life, Patrick Manning explores the African origins of American slavery as well as the impact which the transatlantic demand for slaves had upon Africa. Manning, although primarily an economic and demographic historian, wrestles with the philosophical and historical meaning of slavery and the slave trade in the first pages of this selection. His book treats both the Occidental slave trade (meaning chiefly the transatlantic one, but also the smaller current of slave sales from Africa to Europe) and the Oriental slave trade (from sub-Saharan Africa to the Middle East).

7 We shall turn now to the colonies, but obviously we cannot include within the limits of this chapter even a cursory epidemiological history of all of Europe’s overseas colonies or even of the Neo-Europes alone. Let us restrict ourselves to the peregrinations of one Old World pathogen in the colonies, the most spectacular one, the virus of smallpox. 8 It was an old human infection in the Old World, but it was rarely of crucial importance in Europe until it flared up in the sixteenth century. For the next 250–300 years— until the advent of vaccination—it was just that, of crucial importance, reaching its apogee in the 1700s, when it accounted for 10–15 per cent of all deaths in some of the Western European nations early in the century.

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