Historical geography is an active, theoretically-informed and vibrant field of study within modern geography, with strong interdisciplinary connections with the humanities and the social sciences. The SAGE Handbook of Historical Geography provides an international and in-depth overview of the field with chapters that examine the history, present condition and future significance of historical geography in relation to recent developments and current research. The Handbook is in two volumes, divided across nine parts. Volume One includes commentaries on the history and geography of historical geography, and reviews how historical geographers have considered the appropriation, management and representation of landscape, the changing geographies of property, land, money and financial capital, and the demographic, medical and political analysis of the world's growing and mobile population. Volume Two shows how historical geographers have made significant contributions to geopolitical debates about the relationships between nation-states and empires, to environmental challenges posed by human interaction with the natural world, to studies of the cultural, intellectual and political implications of modern science and technology, and to investigations of communicative action, artefacts, performances and representations. The final part reviews the methodological and ethical challenges of historical geography as a publicly engaged research practice. Part 1: Histories and Geographies; Part 2: Land and Landscapes; Part 3: Property and Money; Part 4: Population and Mobility; Part 5: Territory and Geopolitics; Part 6: Environment and Nature; Part 7: Science and Technology; Part 8: Meaning and Communication; and Part 9: Studies in Practice.
Chapter 15: Slavery and Empires
Slavery and Empires
Slavery and Empire: On Historical Foundations and Contemporary Resonances
It is very nearly impossible to overstate the importance of the international slave trade and enslaved-based economic and social development to the making of modernity and the building of empires that accompanied it (Baptist 2014). The forced global movement of human bodies and talents from Africa to South America, the Caribbean and North America and the return of raw materials and profits that made the factories of Europe hum and led to the export of manufactured goods to the ‘New World’ arguably constituted the first globally integrated industry. The colonial projects that this trade spurred, as well as the flow of European military and ...