Joseph Miller’s Way of Death

  • David Birmingham


One of the most important books ever published on the history of the Atlantic is Joseph C. Miller’s Way of Death. It is sub-titled Merchant Capitalism and the Angolan Slave Trade 1730–1830. It represents the imaginative culmination of a long career devoted to the study of the slave trade. It also represents far and away the best work available for the understanding of eighteenth-century Angola, based as it is on extensive field and archival work undertaken in the region in the late 1960s. The book simultaneously opens up new avenues of Portuguese economic history not previously perceived by traditional scholars. This chapter first appeared as a review article in Past and Present (no. 131, May 1991) and is reprinted with the permission of the Past and Present Society (175 Banbury Road, Oxford) who hold the world copyright.


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  1. 1.
    Joseph C. Miller, Way of Death: Merchant Capitalism and the Angolan Slave Trade, 1730–1830 (London: James Currey; and Madison, Wis.: University of Wisconsin Press, 1988), XXX, 770 pp.Google Scholar

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© David Birmingham 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • David Birmingham
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  1. 1.University of KentCanterburyUK

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