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History Brought Home: Postcolonial Migrations And The Dutch Rediscovery Of Slavery

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Slavery and slave resistance have been core issues in the post-war historiography of the Caribbean. This chapter addresses the recent Dutch rediscovery of the Netherlands' long history of slave trading and slavery in relation to the impact of the post-war migration from the Dutch Caribbean. A first issue is the overall impact of postcolonial migration-from Indonesia and the Caribbean-on the way Dutch history is canonized. The chapter provides a succinct analysis of the importance of slave trading and slavery in the various realms of the Dutch colonial empire, followed by an analysis of the recent and relatively successful impact of the Caribbean demand to accept African slavery as an integral part of Dutch national history. It discusses the contested issue of legacies, question whether "Black Atlantic" interpretations indeed help us seeing New World slavery and its legacies with fresh eyes, and offer some refl ections on the position of historians.

Keywords: Dutch rediscovery; New World slavery; postcolonial migration; slave trading



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