The Dutch Atlantic: Slavery, Abolition and Emancipation (Pluto, 2011) has been selected as a CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title (OAT) for 2012. Kwame Nimako and Glenn Willemsen’s book joins a elite list, notable for its quality – as CHOICE describe them, ‘truly the best of the best’, comprising just over 9 percent of those titles reviewed by CHOICE in the past year.
Here at Pluto we’re very proud that The Dutch Atlantic has made the list. Here’s a bit more about the book, which can be purchased via our website in the usual manner:
The Dutch Atlantic interrogates the Dutch involvement in Atlantic slavery and assesses the historical consequences of this for contemporary European society.
Kwame Nimako and Glenn Willemsen show how the slave trade and slavery intertwined economic, social and cultural elements, including nation-state formation in the Netherlands and across Europe. They explore the mobilisation of European populations in the implementation of policies that facilitated Atlantic slavery and examine how European countries created and expanded laws that perpetuated colonisation.
Addressing key themes such as the incorporation of the formerly enslaved into post-slavery states and contemporary collective efforts to forget and/or remember slavery and its legacy in the Netherlands, this is an essential text for students of European history and postcolonial studies.