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The "Veil" In Post-Slavery Society. New Challenges For Historians: The Case Of Surinam, 1808-2008

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This chapter focuses on the themes and arguments used in the recent public debate: the perception of the history of the Dutch slave trade and slavery and their abolitions, the persistent image of "inferior" blacks and racism, black consciousness and the Black Movement arising out of the black Diaspora. In the 20th century, several ways of expressing black awareness and of building a new black identity emerged in multi-ethnic Surinam, at first in hostile colonial setting, and after World War II in the era of "autonomy. The chapter addresses the role or task in lifting the "historiographical veil" from academic and public historians and their institutions, in rethinking, rewriting and above all disseminating a new, shared grand narrative of Dutch history to a wider audience. In the 18th and 19th centuries, several plans were made for establishing new plantations in Africa, as a colonial alternative to plantations in the Caribbean.

Keywords: Africa; Dutch slave trade; Dutch slavery; historiographical veil; Surinam



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