Rediker sees the slave ship as a microcosm of economic exchange and political and military power, the ‘linchpin’ of the world’s first era of ‘globalisation’. He takes us on a tour from stem to stern, from captain’s quarters to the levels below decks where slaves were incarcerated. Suicide was common, either by hunger strike or leaping to the sharks that followed the Guineamen knowing there would be food. Then there was the Brooks, the most famous of all slave ships. Rediker shows that, not only was the Brooks real, but she made ten slaving voyages, sometimes carrying even more slaves than the number shown in the famous drawing. Review by Edward James, ‘One of the recurrent sounds of a slave ship was song. Crews did mutiny, but rarely in unison with slaves, and with a view to selling the slaves themselves on occasion. of Pittsburgh) revivifies the horror of this world-changing machine. This necessitated some sort of “humane” treatment, so slaves were fed and watered, but at the same time, the captain had to ensure that fit, strong slaves were never in a position to revolt. An excellent book that graphically but humanely describes the environment of the slavers that plied the Atlantic in the 18th and early 19th centuries. I read the kindle edition, and being a student of history this book contains excellent descriptive stories of the horrid experiences on board the slave ship. If this history were taught in schools and know by blacks and whites alike, it serve well to anger us into unity against the black and white perpetrators that brought the scourge of slavery and racism to the Americas. Citation Law R (2008) The Slave Ship: A Human History. Bitte versuchen Sie es erneut. This page works best with JavaScript. Home of Translated fiction and #translationthurs. Help! Prime-Mitglieder genießen Zugang zu schnellem und kostenlosem Versand, tausenden Filmen und Serienepisoden mit Prime Video und vielen weiteren exklusiven Vorteilen. (Even African traders could find themselves ensnared if they weren’t careful.) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – Illustriert, 30. This is truly an Atlantic history – something frequently called for but much less frequently achieved. Here you can find out about our conferences and chapter meetings, and can check the important dates for our Awards and magazine. Okay But More Intellectual Than Emotional, Reviewed in the United States on March 15, 2017. Bitte versuchen Sie es erneut. Geben Sie es weiter, tauschen Sie es ein, © 1998-2020,, Inc. oder Tochtergesellschaften, The Slave Ship: A Human History (English Edition), Übersetzen Sie alle Bewertungen auf Deutsch, Lieferung verfolgen oder Bestellung anzeigen, Recycling (einschließlich Entsorgung von Elektro- & Elektronikaltgeräten). The pursuit of profit explains pretty much everything. A stark counterpoint to the horrors and barbarity that are the real subject. Instead, our collective ignorance of this history still divides us with hate and vengeance. How do we deceive ourselves today? Some of the events he describes are truly horrific, but this feels like an essential book for understanding the slave trade and the people and the capitalist system who profited from it. Captain and crew now terrorised the human cargo: there were whippings and brandings with hot irons and the widespread rape of slave women. Prime members enjoy FREE Delivery and exclusive access to music, movies, TV shows, original audio series, and Kindle books. ( Log Out /  Abolition, Brown suggests, accumulated a stash of ‘moral capital’ that helped to underpin the idea of liberal empire. Our online member directory allows visitors to view members’ profiles, their latest website/blog posts and links to their Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads accounts. temporär gesenkter USt. Slaves became brothers and sisters regardless of origin, by virtue of their shared experience. Academically stunning, and finally an in depth study of the entire merchant system and the ships that made it possible. The story of the slave trade is a tale of inhumanity and suffering but also an epic of the resilience of the human spirit. Slaves understood the meaning of captivity, even if the technology was new to them, and would do everything in their power to escape or deprive the slaver of their labour. Many sailors signed up either to get out of prison or to avoid prison. Oil on canvas. Soc un escriptor i nedador aficionat, enamorat del mar i amb interessos molt variats... Creatively inspired projects for socially minded arts and crafters, Author of Fantasy & Paranormal Romance, and sometimes Contemporary Romance. Reviewed in the United States on March 4, 2011. Nonetheless, the common experience of captivity transformed slaves, for both themselves and the crew, from being members of discrete, sometimes even antagonistic, African tribes, into “Negroes”, pure and simple, and crewmembers into “White Men”, regardless of the colour of their skin. Captains often tried to purchase slaves who would struggle in mutual comprehension. Everyone is welcome ... More Details. Understanding that history is essential for understanding the development of racism in America, and dissolving it. Domestic slavery and the trading of slaves across the Sahara to Arab merchants existed centuries before Europeans arrived in West Africa. There is no justification or excuse for the Atlantic Slave Trade, neither is there justification or excuse for us to remain ignorant of the real history. They enriched planters, merchants, investors, insurance companies, shipbuilders and the government. How can we fight against them? For me, the primary value of this book was in contemplating, as the author states in the introduction, "horrors which have always been, and remain, central to the making of global capitalism." It did not end the slave trade, but it did help to inspire the abolitionist movement. 2008. Um die Gesamtbewertung der Sterne und die prozentuale Aufschlüsselung nach Sternen zu berechnen, verwenden wir keinen einfachen Durchschnitt. For three centuries slave ships carted millions of people from the coasts of Africa across the Atlantic to the Americas. I read the kindle edition, and being a student of history this book contains excellent descriptive stories of the horrid experiences on board the slave ship. What a horrible way to end an otherwise good work. His is one of very few volumes that depicts the Atlantic as an exceptionally violent place. Slaves may well have found themselves in their predicament as a result of capture by other Africans, but on board ship every African became a brother or a sister. Sweetness and light to the crew on the way to Africa, he would turn into a brute to slaves and crew alike once loaded and bound for the Americas. Consequently, toward the end of the second stage of the voyage, just as the slaves were receiving improved treatment to ready them for market, the captains would try to alienate those crewmembers who would not be needed for the journey home, so that they’d jump ship in the Caribbean rather than face the final leg under the captain’s command. There is no justification or excuse for the Atlantic Slave Trade, neither is there justification or excuse for us to remain ignorant of the real history. Hardship produced co-operation. It isn’t really the kind of book you’re likely to buy as a gift, but it’s a compelling read, and you’ll be doing a really big favour for anyone you buy it for, even if it’s just yourself. The answer to the big why, of course, is the pursuit of profit. Fascinating on the practical and psychological effects of slavery on everyone involved, including the slave ship owners in England or America. Stanfield felt that in some ways the slaves were better off than the crew, since the captain had an economic incentive to deliver them alive and well for sale. As soon as the ship left port, captains established their authority over the crew, sometimes sadistically, with whippings and other punishments for minor infractions, or none at all. Es liegen 0 Rezensionen und 1 Bewertung aus Deutschland vor, Entdecken Sie jetzt alle Amazon Prime-Vorteile. London Review of Books, July 31, 2008 It is based essentially on a mass of personal testimonies by captains, seamen, and where available, the slaves. Find me on Instagram @tiny_bookreviews and Twitter @tinybookreview1. Not one’s first thought about a slave ship, but why not? Momentanes Problem beim Laden dieses Menüs. Rediker has established himself as the leading historian of maritime labour in the 18th century, the ‘golden age’ of the slave trade. Historical debate has focused on the trade’s economic impact, the causes of abolition and the precise numbers transported from Africa. Rediker, however, does not end with a celebration of British abolition. The genius of Rediker’s book is that he has relied heavily on contemporary accounts of life on a slaver, from merchants, captains, sailors, and the slaves themselves. Participants in the slave trade were prone to think of the Africans as cannibals while thinking of themselves as ethical civilized redeemers and good Christians. The book is episodic and sometimes confusing. The trade threw together individuals who would never otherwise have encountered one another and who had never considered their colour or residence on the same continent a source of unity. The author did a nice job piecing together the varied information. The trade involved high costs, high risks and high profits. View Jayspencergreen’s profile on Facebook, View JaySpencerGreen’s profile on Twitter, Follow Jay Spencer Green on, KC Freeman - Contemporary Fantasy & Paranormal Romance Author. To punish rebels, captains resorted to thumbscrews, red-hot pokers, strangling, the severing of limbs and more. But the rise of the transatlantic trade transformed African societies. A Review of "The Slave Ship: A Human History" by Marcus Rediker Novelist and Ne'er-do-well. März 2019. Reviewed in the United States on March 4, 2011. We are one blood.