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Nimako (international relations, Univ. of Amsterdam, Netherlands) and Willemsen (d. 2008) tackle the heretofore addressed but misunderstood subject of the Dutch role in the Atlantic slave trade. In the process, they examine Emancipation Day in the Dutch empire (July 1, 1863) and the still varying reactions to its celebration by the descendants of slaves and the white population of the Netherlands. The authors then explore the marginalization of the event in Dutch history and why former Dutch possessions commemorate the event differently. This is probably the first book to provide an integrated analysis of Dutch slavery and emancipation and the legal issues involved. The authors' systematic approach provides new insights into the transatlantic slave trade, the slave system, and the short- and long-term consequences of Dutch involvement. In particular, the authors provide a searching examination of the impact of the slave trade on the present Dutch and how it has or has not shaped social thought. The authors' assertion that parallel histories and intertwined belonging resulted from the process are strongly supported by their in-depth analysis of the subject, which until now has lacked the kind of methodical approach they take. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All levels/libraries. T. A. Aiello Gordon College
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