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The Slave Trade and Culture in the Bight of Biafra The Slave Trade and Culture in the Bight of Biafra dissects and explains the structure, dramatic expansion, and manifold effects of the slave trade in the Bight of Biafra. By showing that the rise of the Aro merchant group was the key factor in trade expansion, G. Ugo Nwokeji reinterprets why and how such large-scale commerce developed in the absence of large-scale centralized states. The result is the first study to link the structure and trajectory of the slave trade in a major exporting region to the expansion of a specific African merchant group – among other fresh insights into Atlantic Africa’s involvement in the trade – and the most comprehensive treatment of Atlantic slave trade in the Bight of Biafra. The fundamental role of culture in the organization of trade is highlighted, transcending the usual economic explanations in a way that complicates traditional generalizations about work, domestic slavery, and gender in precolonial Africa. G. Ugo Nwokeji is assistant professor of African American studies at the University of California, Berkeley. His research focuses on the cultural history and political economy of Africa since 1500, with par- ticular focus on international commerce in the Nigerian Niger Delta and its hinterland. Professor Nwokeji is the author of the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy’s The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation and the Development of the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry: History, Strategies, and Current Directions (2007) and multi- ple journal articles and book chapters, as well as co-editor of Religion, History and Politics in Nigeria (2005).
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The Slave Trade and Culture in the Bight of Biafra An African Society in the Atlantic World G. UGO NWOKEJI University of California, Berkeley
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camridge university press Cambridge, New York, Melbourne, Madrid, Cape Town, Singapore, São Paulo, Delhi, Dubai, Tokyo, Mexico City Cambridge University Press 32 Avenue of the Americas, New York, ny 10013-2473, usa Information on this title: © G. Ugo Nwokeji 2010 This publication is in copyright. Subject to statutory exception and to the provisions of relevant collective licensing agreements, no reproduction of any part may take place without the written permission of Cambridge University Press. First published 2010 Printed in the United States of America A catalog record for this publication is available from the British Library. Library of Congress Cataloging in Publication data Nwokeji, G. Ugo. The slave trade and culture in the Bight of Biafra: an African society in the Atlantic world / G. Ugo Nwokeji. p. cm. isn 978-0-521-88347-4 (hardback) 1. Slave trade – Biafra, Bight of, Region – History. 2. Slavery – Biafra, Bight of, Region – History. 3. Biafra, Bight of, Region – Social conditions. I. Title.
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