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Colonialism and Slavery

An Alternative History of the Port City of Rotterdam

A surprising look at the history and legacy of imperialist Rotterdam.

Dutch imperialism transformed Rotterdam, Netherlands from a murky wetland into Europe’s largest seaport. Today, as the so-called “New Rotterdammers” flock to the urban center from former colonies, the city’s complex ties to slavery around the world demand increased scrutiny. Gathering insights from an interdisciplinary group of scholars, Colonialism and Slavery confronts the lasting impact of colonization on contemporary Rotterdam’s economy, politics, architecture, and art.

200 pages | 50 color plates | 6 1/4 x 9 1/2

History: European History

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“An original and solid piece of scholarship written by people with the necessary expertise about, and in several cases personal affiliations with, the topics they write about. It is well written and accessible to people who do not have an in-depth knowledge of Dutch colonial history.”

Vincent Kuitenbrouwer, University of Amsterdam

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