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Insuring the Transatlantic Slave Trade (2019)
Journal Article
Pearson, R., & Richardson, D. (2019). Insuring the Transatlantic Slave Trade. Journal of Economic History, 79(2), 417-446. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0022050719000068

One important, but overlooked, risk mitigation device that facilitated the growth of the slave trade in the eighteenth century was the increasing availability of insurance for ships and their human cargoes. In this paper we explore, for the first tim... Read More about Insuring the Transatlantic Slave Trade.

The Cambridge World History of Slavery: Volume 4, AD 1804-AD 2016 (2017)
Book
D. Eltis, S. Engerman, S. Drescher, & D. Richardson (Eds.), (2017). The Cambridge World History of Slavery: Volume 4, AD 1804-AD 2016. https://doi.org/10.1017/9781139046176

Slavery and coerced labor have been among the most ubiquitous of human institutions both in time - from ancient times to the present - and in place, having existed in virtually all geographic areas and societies. This volume covers the period from th... Read More about The Cambridge World History of Slavery: Volume 4, AD 1804-AD 2016.

Networks and trans-cultural exchange: Slave trading in the South Atlantic, 1590-1867 (2014)
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D. Richardson, & F. Ribeiro da Silva (Eds.), (2014). Networks and trans-cultural exchange: Slave trading in the South Atlantic, 1590-1867. https://doi.org/10.1163/9789004280588

Studies of the South Atlantic commercial world typically focus on connections between Angola and Brazil, and specifically on the flows of enslaved Africans from Luanda and the relations between Portuguese-Brazilian traders and other agents and their... Read More about Networks and trans-cultural exchange: Slave trading in the South Atlantic, 1590-1867.

Involuntary migration in the early modern world, 1500-1800 (2011)
Book Chapter
Richardson, D. (2011). Involuntary migration in the early modern world, 1500-1800. In D. Eltis, & S. L. Engerman (Eds.), The Cambridge World History of Slavery, Volume 3: AD 1420-AD 1804, 563-593. Cambridge University Press (CUP). doi:10.1017/CHOL9780521840682.024

Any investigation of involuntary migration in the early modern period must recognize that trafficking in human beings was an important feature of life in both the New and the Old Worlds in the period 1500-1800. This chapter focuses on involuntary mig... Read More about Involuntary migration in the early modern world, 1500-1800.

Cultures of exchange: Atlantic Africa in the era of the slave trade (2009)
Journal Article
Richardson, D. (2009). Cultures of exchange: Atlantic Africa in the era of the slave trade. Transactions of the Royal Historical Society, 19, 151-179. doi:10.1017/s0080440109990089

Cultural factors have often been invoked to explain parliament's decision in 1807 to outlaw slave carrying by British subjects but they have only infrequently been cited in efforts to explain why the Atlantic slave trade itself became so large in the... Read More about Cultures of exchange: Atlantic Africa in the era of the slave trade.

Social capital, institutional innovation and Atlantic trade before 1800 (2008)
Journal Article
Pearson, R., & Richardson, D. (2008). Social capital, institutional innovation and Atlantic trade before 1800. Business history, 50(6), (765-780). doi:10.1080/00076790802420336. ISSN 0007-6791

The growth of the Atlantic economy during the eighteenth century has been associated with developments in business networking to mitigate the hazards of communication in long-distance trade. Such social capital-based mechanisms reduced transaction co... Read More about Social capital, institutional innovation and Atlantic trade before 1800.

Extending the frontiers: Essays on the new Transatlantic Slave Trade Database (2008)
Book
D. Richardson, & D. Eltis (Eds.), (2008). Extending the frontiers: Essays on the new Transatlantic Slave Trade Database

Since 1999, intensive research efforts have vastly increased what is known about the history of coerced migration of transatlantic slaves. A huge database of slave trade voyages from Columbus’s era to the mid-nineteenth century is now available on an... Read More about Extending the frontiers: Essays on the new Transatlantic Slave Trade Database.


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