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Serving the chain?

De Nederlandsche Bank and the last decades of slavery, 1814-1863

248 pages
Amsterdam University Press
"In the nineteenth century, when the principal cultural, political, and financial institutions of the Netherlands were established, slavery was still very much part of the nation's global imperial structures. Dutch families, institutions, and governments are increasingly interested in the role their predecessors played in this history of colonialism and enslavement. This book is a history of De Nederlandsche Bank in which particular attention is paid to its links with slavery, both as a factor in the economy and as a subject of political debate. Because De Nederlandsche Bank served the Dutch ministery of Colonies and consequently followed Dutch trade interests, the bank's history intersects with the history of slavery. The investigation in this book focuses not only upon DNB's formal involvement but also on the private involvement of its directors. In addition, it examines whether the bank and its directors played any role in the abolition of slavery."
Author Bio
KARWAN FATAH-BLACK is lecturer in social and economic history at Leiden University. He is a prominent voice in the academic and societal debates on colonial history and its legacies. Lauren Lauret is researcher at University College Londen and university lecturer in Dutch History at Leiden University. Joris van den Tol is researcher at Queens' College, Cambridge and university lecturer Economic History at the Radboud University Nijmegen.