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Periodical article Periodical article Leiden University catalogue Leiden University catalogue WorldCat catalogue WorldCat
Title:Long-Distance Trade and Economic Development in Europe and Black Africa (Mid-Fifteenth Century to Nineteenth Century): Some Pointers for Further Comparative Studies
Author:Petre-Grenouillea, Olivier
Periodical:African Economic History
Geographic terms:Europe
Subsaharan Africa
Subjects:slave trade
economic development
long-distance trade
History and Exploration
Economics and Trade
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/3601710
Abstract:Long-distance trade has often been seen as the main agent of economic development, in Europe as well as in Black Africa. This article examines the Black African and European long-distance trade from the mid-fifteenth century to the nineteenth century. Two types of activities are compared: maritime European commerce (which was, before the transport revolutions of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the main European long-distance trade) and the African slave trade, which was only one of the numerous types of African long-distance trade, but (together with the gold trade) the only trade connected with European traders. The purpose is not to provide ready-made answers and even less to provide a typology of long-distance trade based on a hypothetical ideal model, the source of the 'good' or the 'best possible' development. The author rather wants to convince the reader of the interest of a renewed comparative analysis with regard to the multiple ways of development used during the course of history. Notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]