Schwarze Karibik. Sklaven, Sklavereikultur und Emanzipation
Zürich: Rotpunktverlag 2004
653 pp., Euro 27.30; ISBN 3-85869-272-7

Black Caribbean. Slaves, slave culture, and emancipation
This is a comprehensive presentation of slaves and slavery in the Caribbean from the beginnings to the 20th century. With a stress on Cuba Zeuske describes Caribbean Black slavery as an early history of globalization preceding the present one. Transatlantic trading of slaves was part of a globalized economy of the atlantic sphere. Well into the 19th century work in America meant slavery and forced labor. With this perspective the Caribbean islands as a transcultural focus of global history in modernity - the author analyzes 500 years of slavery and racism, describes the everyday life of slave societies, resistance, their culture and religions. Zeuske starts with aspects of the Conquista, followed by chapters on slavery without imperial structures in the beginning, then mass slavery in an imperial framework (Cuba, Florida), power structure (oligarchy, clientelist network on Cuban plantations), race, gender and resistance on Cuba, the change towards free labor, the Ten Year War and slave emancipation 1868-1886, and the post-slavery time: aspects of racism in freedom, names and racism, post-emancipation, and post-colonialism.

Keywords: slavery (Caribbean), globalization and slavery, racism and slavery, post-emancipation and slavery, post-colonialism, colonialism and slavery, Black Caribbean, forced labor, plantations and slavery