Atlantic Transformations

Empire, Politics, and Slavery during the Nineteenth Century

Edited by Dale W. Tomich

Subjects: History, Latin American Studies
Series: SUNY series, Fernand Braudel Center Studies in Historical Social Science
Paperback : 9781438477848, 254 pages, January 2021
Hardcover : 9781438477855, 254 pages, April 2020

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Dale W. Tomich

1780–1880: A Century of Imperial Transformation
Josep M. Fradera

Slavery in Mainland Spanish America in the Age of the Second Slavery
Marcela Echeverri

Transatlantic Patriotisms: Race and Nation in the Impact of the Guerra de África in the Spanish Caribbean in 1860
Albert Garcia-Balañà

The End of the Legal Slave Trade in Cuba and the Second Slavery
José Antonio Piqueras

From Cotton to Camels: Plantation Ambitions in Midcentury Hispaniola
Anne Eller

The Fight against Patronato: Labra, Cepeda, and the Second Abolition
Luis Miguel García Mora

Atlantization and the First Failed Slavery: Panama from the Sixteenth to the Seventeenth Century
Javier Laviña

Slavery in the Paraíba Valley and the Formation of the World Coffee Market in the Nineteenth Century
Rafael Marquese and Dale Tomich


Calls attention to the political, economic, and cultural interdependence and interaction of global and local forces shaping the Atlantic world of the nineteenth century.


This book presents a new approach to nineteenth-century Atlantic history by extending the analytical perspective of the second slavery to questions of empire, colonialism, and slavery. With a focus on Latin America, Brazil, the Spanish Caribbean, and the United States, international scholars examine relations among empires, between empires and colonies, and within colonies as parts of processes of global economic and political restructuring. By treating metropolis-colony relations within the framework of the modern world-economy, the contributors call attention to the political, economic, and cultural interdependence and interaction of global and local forces shaping the Atlantic world. They reinterpret as specific local responses to global processes the conflicts between empires, within imperial relations, the formation of national states, the creation of new zones of agricultural production and the decline of old ones, and the emergence of liberal ideologies and institutions.

Dale W. Tomich is Professor of Sociology at Binghamton University, State University of New York. He is the author of Slavery in the Circuit of Sugar, Second Edition: Martinique and the World-Economy, 1830–1848 and the editor of The Politics of the Second Slavery, both also published by SUNY Press.


"…Atlantic Transformations offers new ways of thinking about elites as a broad and heterogeneous group by disaggregating their formal political power and informal socioeconomic capital within a world system." — Journal of British Studies