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By Kwame Nimako

The Dutch Atlantic interrogates the Dutch involvement in Atlantic slavery and assesses the historic effects of this for modern eu society.

Kwame Nimako and Glenn Willemsen express how the slave exchange and slavery intertwined financial, social and cultural components, together with geographical region formation within the Netherlands and throughout Europe. They discover the mobilisation of eu populations within the implementation of guidelines that facilitated Atlantic slavery and view how eu international locations created and extended legislation that perpetuated colonisation.

Addressing key issues reminiscent of the incorporation of the previously enslaved into post-slavery states and modern collective efforts to overlook and/or take note slavery and its legacy within the Netherlands, this is often an important textual content for college kids of eu historical past and postcolonial stories.

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It is only by engaging with such conceptual issues, they suggest, that one can begin to understand the incessant historical and contemporary demands for reparations from the descendants of the enslaved, and the increasing scholarship being carried out on reparations – in the Dutch orbit, as well as in the United Kingdom and the United States. They also pay attention to language and terminology, reminding us, as Walter Rodney once did, that it was Africans (not ‘slaves’) that were kidnapped; that Africans and their descendants were not ‘slaves’, but were ‘enslaved’ (tot slaaf gemaakt); and that it is more instructive to talk of ‘master enslavers’ than ‘slave masters’ (to convey the unceasing negotiation between social actors with different levels of power).

We see that the initiative, planning and designing of the system were located in Europe. The European world order that emerged between the sixteenth and twentieth centuries laid the foundations for the interstate system and international law as we know them now, which came to be dominated by European states. Some of the issues that are addressed in this chapter include: the role chattel slavery played in shaping and fostering national sovereignty and citizenship in Europe; how the transatlantic ‘slave’ trade and slavery were rationalized and justified; and how slavery, the formation of nation states in Europe and citizenship reinforce each other.

An integrated analysis of the functioning of Dutch slavery and the ‘slave’ trade, and of its legal abolition and the circumstances of emancipation, promises far greater insights into how the system functioned as a whole and into the distinctive features of the Dutch experience, when compared with the roles of Britain, the United States, Spain and Portugal. And an integrated analysis of the kind provided in this book is able to offer far more penetrating insights into the roles of these phenomena in the formation of modern systems of international relations.

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