The Forgotten Slave Trade (Hardback)
The White European Slaves of Islam
A century before Britain became involved in the trans-Atlantic slave trade, whole villages and towns in England, Ireland, Italy, Spain and other European countries were being depopulated by slavers, who transported the men, women and children to Africa where they were sold to the highest bidder. This is the forgotten slave trade.
Starting with the practice of slavery in the ancient world, Simon Webb traces the history of slavery in Europe and examines the experiences of those who were forcibly taken from their homes. He describes how thousands of European boys were castrated and then sold in Africa and the Middle East, and also explains how the role of the newly-independent United States helped to put an end to the trade in European and American slaves. He also discuss the importance of towns such as Bristol, which was an important staging-post for the transfer of English slaves to Africa over 1,000 years before it became a major centre for the slave trade in the eighteenth century.
Reading this book will forever change how you view the slave trade and show that many commonly held beliefs about this controversial subject are almost wholly inaccurate and mistaken.
Simon Webb continues these investigations, uncovering some hard truths along the way.Books Monthly
We know about one aspect of the slave trade, as we have discussed and dissected it in our classrooms for decades. But there is another hidden aspect of the slave trade, one that has been altogether forgotten and dismissed by many.NetGalley, Rebecca Hill
Simon Webb goes into detail on this forgotten aspect of the slave trade, giving us the history and details that have been overlooked for so long.
I highly recommend this read. It was eye-opening, and very compelling as well. This is one that should be on everyone's list to read this year!
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, Mairy Tsirigotis
This book taught me so much, from the history of Islam to the settlement and success of the Ottoman Empire. Author Simon Webb also link many, if not most, of today or recent History to the slave trade so many Christian have suffered from for so many centuries. I could go on and on about the topics discussed and lessons learned but I will simply advise you to get yourself a copy of this novel and learn for yourself. The book includes meaningful illustrations and is divided into clear topics, which can help you navigate if you are interested in a particular geographical area or period.
Webb's narrative is much more than a settling of the counts with history, as the freshness of his lucid analysis leads us to understand, looking at how many states tried to react to the threat of Barbary pirates and slaveholders, dynamics that are still relevant today in international politics. Webb once again takes us to look at some mechanisms of history in a simple but profound and well-documented way, and one of his books is once again extremely interesting and enjoyable, to bring out from the shadows what was once an "other" slave trade. , longer, more terrible, more implacable than the already terrible one that worked for years between Africa and America. Slavery, a terrible experience of all human societies, was not the fault and prerogative of a single culture, but it was widespread and was present for a long time, even up to almost our days, in other parts of the world. I deeply recommend this book to learn about another part of history and better understand many of the current events, the fruit and legacy of dynamics that began many centuries ago in the Mediterranean.On The Old Barbed Wire
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I had high expectations from Forgotten Slave Trade by Simon Webb* – The White European Slaves of Islam – but I had no idea how amazingly interesting it is. If you read only one non-fiction book this year, make it this one. What this book makes, by talking on this so unknown part of the history, is to challenge our assumptions.Coffee and Books
The book is written with respect for such a hard subject. Black African slaves are mentioned and comparisons are made, but he makes the point, again and again, that any kind of slavery is horrifying and inhumane. The subtitle points to Islam, but Christianity and Judaism are mentioned too. The book is not at all anti-Islamic... If you want to know more about British slaves, castration of slaves, why Bristol has more links to slavery than the trade in black people, you would need to read the book. I don’t want to talk too much about it, so I don’t spoil it. 5/5 stars
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A very interesting review of a terrible time in our world. Obviously excited about peeling off another layer in the history of slavery, the author brings keen enthusiasm to their exploration of the topic.NetGalley, Louise Gray
This book will appeal to researchers or people with an interest and knowledge of the history of slavery or England's naval history, An insightful read.NetGalley, Wendy M Rhodes
I knew quite a lot about the subject, but I realize that most people probably do know too little about this part of history. Naturally some things were news to me as well, and indeed, it is interesting to read about this subject in a compact book. The Arabs and Ottomans were some slave traders... I had also not realized the important role Bristol had in slave trade.NetGalley, Tove R
I appreciate that these more hidden aspects regarding slave trade are written about. I’ve never really understood why we try to hide and forget some parts of our history. How can we learn from our past mistakes if we are not willing to be open about them? If we only stick to what we learn in school or watch on TV our view of our world and it’s history is both narrow and misrepresented. I’m jubilant to see that there are authors out there writing about these subject, so thank you, Simon Webb!