Trafficked Children in the Holy Roman Empire – Forgotten Victims of the Transatlantic Slave Trade

3:00pm - 4:30pm / Wednesday 29th March 2017
Type: Lecture / Category: Research / Series: Centre for the Study of International Slavery
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Public lecture to mark the publication of Felix Brahm and Eve Rosenhaft (eds.), Slavery Hinterland. Transatlantic Slavery and Continental Europe, 1680-1850.
Co-organised by the UoL Centre for the Study of International Slavery and 18th-Century Worlds Research Centre, and co-sponsored by the German Historical Institute, London.

Professor Rebekka von Mallinckrodt (University of Bremen)

It is true that the very few individual territories in the Holy Roman Empire (as Germany was called until 1806) that participated directly in the slave trade, deploying their own trading companies, only did so for a brief period of time. Nevertheless, German merchants, missionaries, sailors and soldiers were involved in human trafficking through the trading companies and colonies of other European powers and also brought people to Europe themselves.
In this talk, light is shed on the role such ‘human souvenirs’ played in German society in the 18th century and there is a discussion of the motives for and dimensions of the abduction of children in the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation on the part of intermediaries and owners. The consequences for the children and adolescents themselves are also explored.

This talk is part of an ongoing ERC research project on trafficked people in the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation, which is being carried out at the University of Bremen from 2015 to 2020 (http://www.frueheneuzeit.uni-bremen.de/index.php/en/research/German-slavery).