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Walvin, James

Works: 99 works in 641 publications in 1 language and 23,057 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Maps  Conference papers and proceedings  Sources  Juvenile works 
Roles: Author, Editor, Expert, Other, Creator, Author of introduction
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Most widely held works about James Walvin
Most widely held works by James Walvin
Questioning slavery by James Walvin( )

21 editions published between 1996 and 2002 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,991 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

For the best part of three centuries the material well-being of the western world was dependent on slavery. Yet these systems were mainly brought to a very rapid end. This text surveys the key questions of slavery, and traces the arguments which have swirled around its history in recent years. The latest findings on slavery are presented, and a comparative analysis of slavery in the English-speaking Americas is offered
Atlas of slavery by James Walvin( Book )

19 editions published between 2002 and 2015 in English and held by 1,638 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The enslavement of Africans and their transportation across the Atlantic has come to occupy a unique place in the public imagination. Despite the wide-ranging atrocities of the twentieth century (including massive slave systems in Nazi Europe and the Russian Gulag), the Atlantic slave system continues to hold a horrible fascination. But slavery in the Atlantic world involved much more than the transportation of human cargo from one country to another, as Professor Walvin clearly explains in the Atlas of Slavery." "In this new book he looks at slavery in the Americas in the broadest context, taking account of both earlier and later forms of slavery. The relationship between the critical continents, Europe, Africa and the Americas, is examined through a collection of maps and related text, which puts the key features of the history of slavery in their defining geographical setting. By foregrounding the historical geography of slavery, Professor Walvin shows how the people of three widely separated continents were brought together into an economic and human system that was characterized both by violence and cruelty to its victims and huge economic advantage to its owners and managers."--Jaquette
An African's life : the life and times of Olaudah Equiano, 1745-1797 by James Walvin( )

21 editions published between 1998 and 2000 in English and held by 1,363 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Equiano's autobiography, The Interesting Narrative, which was first published in 1789, is probably the most quoted, reprinted and widely published writing by an African before the twentieth century. His words have been extracted and quoted, anthologized and interpreted in dozens of books and articles. More than any single contemporary, Equiano speaks for the fate of millions of Africans in the era of the transatlantic slave trade. Until now, however, no one has written a serious - or even a popular - biographical study of this remarkable man. Few critics doubt the importance of his writing; few historians would deny the significance of his life and times. Scholars have analysed his work from literary and historical angles, but no one has really studied the man himself. This is the first study which attempts to create a rounded portrait of the man behind the literary image, and to study Equiano in the context of Atlantic slavery. It is, at one and the same time, an original portrait of a remarkable African and a study of the world of eighteenth-century Atlantic slavery."--Jacket
The Zong : a massacre, the law and the end of slavery by James Walvin( )

10 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 1,198 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On November 29, 1781, Captain Collingwood of the British ship Zong commanded his crew to throw overboard one-third of his cargo: a shipment of Africans bound for slavery in America. This book examines the deplorable killings on the Zong, the lawsuit that ensued, and how the murder of 132 slaves affected debates about slavery
Black ivory : a history of British slavery by James Walvin( Book )

25 editions published between 1992 and 2005 in English and held by 1,061 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The brutal story of African slavery in the British colonies of the West Indies and North America is told with clarity and compassion in this classic history. James Walvin explores the experiences which bound together slaves from diverse African backgrounds and explains how slavery transformed the tastes and economy of the Western world. Although written for readers with no prior knowledge of the subject, Walvinsʹs account is based on detailed scholarship, drawing on a body of work from the USA, the West Indies and Britain. All aspects of African slavery up to 1776 are covered; the situation of women, flight and rebellion, disease and death, the conditions on the slave ships, the abolition campaign and much more. The narrative is enlivened and personalised by frequent reference to individual lives. -- Publisher description
Slavery and the slave trade : a short illustrated history by James Walvin( Book )

23 editions published between 1983 and 1986 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,023 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Describes the history of slavery and discusses the African slaves in Europe and the Americas, and the eventual coming of freedom
Crossings : Africa, the Americas and the Atlantic slave trade by James Walvin( )

10 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 734 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

We all know the story of the slave trade--the infamous Middle Passage, the horrifying conditions on slave ships, the millions that died on the journey, and the auctions that awaited the slaves upon their arrival in the Americas. But much of the writing on the subject has focused on the European traders and the arrival of slaves in North America. In Crossings, eminent historian James Walvin covers these established territories while also traveling back to the story's origins in Africa and south to Brazil, an often forgotten part of the triangular trade, in an effort to explore the broad sweep of slavery across the Atlantic. Reconstructing the transatlantic slave trade from an extensive archive of new research, Walvin seeks to understand and describe how the trade began in Africa, the terrible ordeals experienced there by people sold into slavery, and the scars that remain on the continent today. Journeying across the ocean, he shows how Brazilian slavery was central to the development of the slave trade itself, as that country tested techniques and methods for trading and slavery that were successfully exported to the Caribbean and the rest of the Americas in the following centuries. Walvin also reveals the answers to vital questions that have never before been addressed, such as how a system that the Western world came to despise endured so long and how the British--who were fundamental in developing and perfecting the slave trade--became the most prominent proponents of its eradication. The most authoritative history of the entire slave trade to date, Crossings offers a new understanding of one of the most important, and tragic, episodes in world history
The Abolition of the Atlantic slave trade : origins and effects in Europe, Africa, and the Americas( Book )

16 editions published in 1981 in English and held by 684 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

15 originale essays om den globale betydning af ophævelsen af den atlantiske slavehandel
The Black presence ; a documentary history of the Negro in England, 1555-1860 by James Walvin( Book )

15 editions published between 1971 and 1972 in English and held by 643 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Manliness and morality : middle-class masculinity in Britain and America, 1800-1940 by J. A Mangan( Book )

16 editions published between 1987 and 1995 in English and held by 618 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Slavery and British society, 1776-1846( Book )

17 editions published in 1982 in English and held by 604 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The trader, the owner, the slave : parallel lives in the age of slavery by James Walvin( Book )

15 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 600 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Provides a new view and fresh interpretation of the world of slavery by focusing on the lives of the trader, John Newton (1725-1807), author of 'Amazing Grace', the owner, Thomas Thistlewood (1721-1786) and the slave, Olaudah Equiano (1745-1797)
Victorian values by James Walvin( Book )

20 editions published between 1987 and 1988 in English and Undetermined and held by 593 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A Jamaican plantation; the history of Worthy Park 1670-1970 by Michael Craton( Book )

15 editions published in 1970 in English and held by 566 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Worthy Park has archives covering much of its three-hundred year history. Using these records, the authors have written the first complete history of a West Indian sugar estate. However, this is not just the story of a single Jamaican plantation and its people over three hundred years; the study reveals, in microcosm, the social and economic development of the area."--Publisher's description
English urban life, 1776-1851 by James Walvin( Book )

20 editions published between 1984 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 556 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The years between 1776 and 1851 are of profound importance for the social and urban historian. English town dwellers of the period experienced some fundamental changes in their way of life: rapid population growth; and an unprecedented rate of social change resulting from this. First published in 1984, this book provides an overview of this topic
England, slaves, and freedom, 1776-1838 by James Walvin( Book )

13 editions published in 1986 in English and held by 553 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

English radicals and reformers, 1760-1848 by Edward Royle( Book )

14 editions published in 1982 in English and held by 536 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Slavery, abolition, and emancipation : Black slaves and the British Empire : a thematic documentary by Michael Craton( Book )

13 editions published in 1976 in English and held by 518 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The slavery reader by Gad J Heuman( Book )

9 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 472 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

'The Slavery Reader' brings together the most recent & essential writings on slavery. The focus is on Atlantic slavery between the 15th & 19th centuries & key themes include: the origins & developmwnt of American slavery, work, slave culture, slave economy, resistance, & race & social structure
Leisure in Britain, 1780-1939 by John K Walton( Book )

8 editions published in 1983 in English and held by 429 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Atlas of slaveryAn African's life : the life and times of Olaudah Equiano, 1745-1797Black ivory : a history of British slaveryThe trader, the owner, the slave : parallel lives in the age of slaveryEnglish urban life, 1776-1851The slavery reader