Public Memories of the Atlantic Slave Trade and Slavery in Contemporary Europe

  title={Public Memories of the Atlantic Slave Trade and Slavery in Contemporary Europe},
  author={G. Oostindie},
  journal={European Review},
  pages={611 - 626}
For centuries, major European states were involved in the Atlantic slave trade and in slavery in their colonies in the Americas. In the last decade, this subject has attracted serious but uneven attention in Europe beyond the realms of descendants and academia. The British, French and Dutch governments have engaged with the subject, expressing remorse and stimulating public commemorations. Portugal and Spain on the other hand have hardly addressed the subject. The reason for this remarkable… Expand


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