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Slavery in Brazil


  • Date Published: January 2010
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521141925

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  • Brazil was the American society that received the largest contingent of African slaves in the Americas and the longest lasting slave regime in the Western Hemisphere. This is the first complete modern survey of the institution of slavery in Brazil and how it affected the lives of enslaved Africans. It is based on major new research on the institution of slavery and the role of Africans and their descendants in Brazil. Although Brazilians have incorporated many of the North American debates about slavery, they have also developed a new set of questions about slave holding: the nature of marriage, family, religion, and culture among the slaves and free colored; the process of manumission; and the rise of the free colored class during slavery. It is the aim of this book to introduce the reader to this latest research, both to elucidate the Brazilian experience and to provide a basis for comparisons with all other American slave systems.

    • Contains the most comprehensive and up-to-date survey of Brazilian slavery
    • There is nothing like it in any language
    • Also contains the most complete data on slave society in any language
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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2010
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521141925
    • length: 376 pages
    • dimensions: 227 x 152 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.498kg
    • contains: 35 b/w illus. 40 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. The Political Economy of Slave Labor:
    1. Origins of African slavery in Brazil
    2. The establishment of African slavery in Brazil in the 16th & 17th century
    3. Slavery and the economy in the 18th century
    4. Slavery and the economy in the 19th century
    5. The economics of slavery
    Part II. Brazilian Slave Society:
    6. Life, death, and migration in Afro-Brazilian slave society
    7. Slave resistance and rebellion
    8. Family, kinship and community
    9. Freedmen in a slave society
    Part III. End of Slavery:
    10. Transition from slavery to freedom.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • African Slavery in the Americas
    • Atlantic World I
    • Brazil After 1750/Graduate Seminar in Brazilian Historiography
    • Comparative Slavery
    • History of Africa: 1500 to the Present
    • History of Brazil
    • History of the African Diaspora
    • History of the Americas: Slavery in Brazil and the United States
    • Latin America in the Late Nineteenth Century: Society and Economy
    • Latin American History: From the Conquest to the Present
    • Modern Latin American History; Topics in Latin American History
    • Senior Seminar (Slavery: A World History)
    • Slavery and Transatlantic Economy
    • Slavery in the Americas
    • The African Diaspora/Atlantic World
  • Authors

    Herbert S. Klein, Stanford University, California
    Herbert S. Klein is Director of the Center for Latin American Studies, Professor of History, and senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, at Stanford University, as well as Gouverneur Morris Professor Emeritus of History at Columbia University. Klein is the author of some 20 books and 155 articles in several languages on Latin America and on comparative themes in social and economic history. Among these books are four comparative studies of slavery, the most recent of which are African Slavery in Latin America and the Caribbean (co-author), The Atlantic Slave Trade, and Slavery and the Economy of São Paulo, 1750–1850 (co-author). He has also published on such diverse themes as The American Finances of the Spanish Empire, 1680–1809 and A Population History of the United States and is co-author of Brazil Since 1980 and Mexico Since 1980.

    Francisco Vidal Luna, University of São Paulo
    Francisco Vidal Luna was Professor of Economics at the Universidade de São Paulo until his retirement in 1997. Aside from his academic career, he was Chief da Assessoria Econômica da Secretaria da Fazenda do Estado de São Paulo (1983–1985), Head of IPLAN-IPEA (1985–1986), and Secretário de Planejamento of the Secretaria do Planejamento of the Presidência da República (1986–1987). Luna was also socio-gerente, vice-president, and president of the Banco Inter-American Express (1987–2002). In 2005, he became the Secretary of Planning and Budget of the Municipality of São Paulo, and in 2008, he took on the role of Secretary of Economy and Planning of the state government of São Paulo. Luna is the author of some 50 articles and papers and 11 books on Brazilian economic history and the Brazilian economy, among which are Minas Gerais: Escravos e Senhores, Minas Colonial: Economia e Sociedade (co-author), Slavery and the Economy of São Paulo, 1750–1850 (co-author), and Brazil since 1980 (co-author).

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