Blood on the River A Chronicle of Mutiny and

Marjoleine Kars

$45.00

Shortlisted for the 2021 Cundill History Prize * Winner of the 2021 Frederick Douglass Prize

'A richly detailed account of a gripping human story' Washington Post

'[An] epic history ... a sweeping, thoughtful narrative' Los Angeles Times

On Sunday, February 27, 1763, thousands of slaves in the Dutch colony of Berbice - in present-day Guyana - launched a massive rebellion which came amazingly close to succeeding. Surrounded by jungle and savannah, the revolutionaries (many of them African-born) and Europeans struck and parried for an entire year. In the end, the Dutch prevailed because of one unique advantage: their ability to get soldiers and supplies from neighbouring colonies and from Europe.

Blood on the River is the explosive story of this little-known revolution, one that almost changed the face of the Americas.
Drawing on nine hundred interrogation transcripts collected by the Dutch when the Berbice rebellion finally collapsed, and which were subsequently buried in Dutch archives, historian Marjoleine Kars reconstructs an extraordinarily rich day-by-day account of this pivotal event. Blood on the River provides a rare in-depth look at the political vision of enslaved people at the dawn of the Age of Revolution and introduces us to a set of real characters, vividly drawn against the exotic tableau of a riverine world of plantations, rainforest, and Carib allies who controlled a vast South American hinterland.

An astonishing original work of history, Blood on the River will change our understanding of revolutions, slavery, and of the story of freedom in the New World.

Blood on the River A Chronicle of Mutiny and cover image

$45.00

Shortlisted for the 2021 Cundill History Prize * Winner of the 2021 Frederick Douglass Prize

'A richly detailed account of a gripping human story' Washington Post

'[An] epic history ... a sweeping, thoughtful narrative' Los Angeles Times

On Sunday, February 27, 1763, thousands of slaves in the Dutch colony of Berbice - in present-day Guyana - launched a massive rebellion which came amazingly close to succeeding. Surrounded by jungle and savannah, the revolutionaries (many of them African-born) and Europeans struck and parried for an entire year. In the end, the Dutch prevailed because of one unique advantage: their ability to get soldiers and supplies from neighbouring colonies and from Europe.

Blood on the River is the explosive story of this little-known revolution, one that almost changed the face of the Americas.
Drawing on nine hundred interrogation transcripts collected by the Dutch when the Berbice rebellion finally collapsed, and which were subsequently buried in Dutch archives, historian Marjoleine Kars reconstructs an extraordinarily rich day-by-day account of this pivotal event. Blood on the River provides a rare in-depth look at the political vision of enslaved people at the dawn of the Age of Revolution and introduces us to a set of real characters, vividly drawn against the exotic tableau of a riverine world of plantations, rainforest, and Carib allies who controlled a vast South American hinterland.

An astonishing original work of history, Blood on the River will change our understanding of revolutions, slavery, and of the story of freedom in the New World.

Pages - 384

Binding - Hardcover

Publisher - Profile Books

Publication Date -

ISBN - 9781800812277

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