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Latest Issues IRSH and TSEG
The latest issue of the International Review of Social History (vol 57, no 1) presents two research articles on classic themes in social history.
Susan Hinely analyses Charlotte Wilson's anarchist political ideas and activism in late Victorian Britain.
Genís Barnosell reflects on the religious aspects of Spanish republicanism of the 1830s and 1840s. From the case of Catalonia, the most industrialized region of Spain, it is concluded that radical liberalism elaborated a synthesis of freedom and religion that was presented as an alternative to traditional religiosity. More on IRSH and how to access.
IISH's journal TSEG (Tijdschrift voor Sociale en Economische Geschiedenis, vol 9 no 1) addresses the economic impact of the Dutch transatlantic slave trade, the Brussels retail trade of art and antiques (1830-1914), price patterns on the auction markets for paintings in the Netherlands (1739-1794) and the role of forensic medicine and psychiatry in Dutch rape cases (1811-1920)
The first article by Matthias van Rossum and Karwan Fatah-Black argues that gross profit margin is a better indicator for the importance of the slave trade to the Dutch Republic. Dutch research into the slave trade and its importance to the Dutch economy has often limited itself to investigating the success of slave trading companies. Even if a slave trading company did not make a net profit on a voyage, such a voyage led to extra activities such as shipbuilding or the production of trade goods. The article provides a reconstruction of this gross profit for the entire period that the Dutch were engaged in the slave trade by combining the most recent data on the slave trade (including illicit trade) with data on both African and American price data of slaves.