The Forgotten Slave Trade

The White European Slaves of Islam

Simon Webb

Everybody knows about the transatlantic slave trade, which saw black Africans snatched from their homes, taken across the Atlantic Ocean and then sold into slavery. However, a century before Britain became involved in this terrible business, whole villages and towns in European countries were being depopulated by slavers.
Date Published :
December 2021
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Language:
English
Illustration :
20 black and white illustrations
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Binding : Hardback
ISBN : 9781526769268

Dimensions : 9.25 X 6 inches
Stock Status : Out of stockPages : 208
$39.95
Binding : Paperback
ISBN : 9781526797094

Dimensions : 9.1 X 6.1 inches
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Overview
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Explains the role of the newly independent United States in putting an end to the trade in European and American slaves.

Everybody knows about the transatlantic slave trade, which saw black Africans snatched from their homes, taken across the Atlantic Ocean and then sold into slavery. However, a century before Britain became involved in this terrible business, whole villages and towns in England, Ireland, Italy, Spain and other European countries were being depopulated by slavers, who transported the men, women and children to Africa where they were sold to the highest bidder. This is the forgotten slave trade; one which saw over a million Christians forced into captivity in the Muslim world.

Starting with the practice of slavery in the ancient world, Simon Webb traces the history of slavery in Europe, showing that the numbers involved were vast and that the victims were often treated far more cruelly than black slaves in America and the Caribbean. Castration, used very occasionally against black slaves taken across the Atlantic, was routinely carried out on an industrial scale on European boys who were exported to Africa and the Middle East. Most people are aware that the English city of Bristol was a major center for the transatlantic slave trade in the eighteenth century, but hardly anyone knows that 1,000 years earlier it had been an important staging-post for the transfer of English slaves to Africa.

Reading this book will forever change how you view the slave trade and show that many commonly held beliefs about this controversial subject are almost wholly inaccurate and mistaken.

About The Author
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Simon Webb is the author of a number of non-fiction books, ranging from academic works on education to popular history. He works as a consultant on the subject of capital punishment to television companies and filmmakers and also writes for various magazines and newspapers; including the Times Educational Supplement, Daily Telegraph and the Guardian.

REVIEWS
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“While no one could for a minute discount the unimaginable cruelty of the African slave trade to the Americas and beyond, it is worth conceding that it is not the only such time enslavement has occurred. Webb's book does a fine job of making that point.” 

- Carolina Chronicles Magazine

“In no way does he minimize or ignore what happened to Africans who became victims of the triangle trade. His primary goals are to show that slavery doesn’t encompass this one period and that Europeans were also victims. He succeeds in meeting these goals, while providing the framework for why and how this came about.”

- Pirates and Privateers

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