On the causes of the African slave trade

Angeles, L. (2013) On the causes of the African slave trade. Kyklos, 66(1), pp. 1-26. (doi: 10.1111/kykl.12008)

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This paper offers an integrated analysis of the forces shaping the emergence of the African slave trade over the early modern period. We focus our attention on two questions. First, why most of the increase in the demand for slaves during this period came exclusively from western Europeans. Second, and of most relevance for present-day development outcomes, why was the overwhelming majority of slaves of African origin. Technological differences in manufacturing technology, the specificities of sugar (and other crops') production, and the cultural fragmentation of the African continent all play a role in the analysis. Supporting evidence for each of our claims is provided from a broad corpus of relevant literature.

Item Type:Articles
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Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Angeles, Professor Luis
Authors: Angeles, L.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School > Economics
Journal Name:Kyklos
Publisher:Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
Published Online:07 January 2013
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2013 Blackwell Publishing Ltd
First Published:First published in Kyklos 66(1):1-26
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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