‘Vervloekte goudzugt’. De VOC, slavenhandel en slavernij in Azië

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The Dutch history of slavery is often perceived from an Atlantic perspective.
The study of slavery and slave trade in Asia, especially also in and around the
territories controlled by the Dutch East India Company (VOC) has increasingly
received attention, indicating the widespread nature of slavery and slave
trade in and to (Dutch) Asia. This article assesses available data on the slave
trade to VOC-territories in Asia, providing new estimates and indicating the
crucial role of VOC-personnel in the (private) slave trade. This has profound
implications, showing that the system of market slavery was more important
than previously supposed and challenging dominant perspectives that portray
slavery in Asia as a local phenomenon based mainly on debt bondage
and slaves as mere status objects
Original languageDutch
Pages (from-to)29-57
Number of pages28
JournalTijdschrift voor Sociale en Economische Geschiedenis
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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