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Orgoglio e dispiacere. La Gran Bretagna e la tratta degli schiavi
Author/s: Gabriele Turi 
Year:  2007 Issue: 72 Language: Italian 
Pages:  14 Pg. 5-18 FullText PDF:  73 KB

In the Editorial Gabriele Turi analyzes the celebrations in Great Britain of the bicentenary of the 1807 law that abolished the slave trade. He discusses the different positions taken by the government, local authorities and the church. The official position of the British government has been to express its displeasure over English colonial policy based on the slave trade, but not to go so far as to proffer explicit apologies, in order to avoid possible claims for compensation; nor has it contributed to clarify the confusion that continues to exist between the abolition of the slave trade and of slavery. In this sense, British policy appears less courageous than that adopted recently by other former colonial powers, in particular France.

Gabriele Turi, in "PASSATO E PRESENTE" 72/2007, pp. 5-18, DOI:


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