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1. Concept and origins of the movement

Abolition (from Latin abolitio) refers to the process that brought modern slavery to an end, and the initiatives and movements associated with it. The term was first used in this specific sense around the mid-18th century in Britain and North America, and at first it primarily referred to the abolition of the …

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Füllberg-Stolberg, Katja, “Abolition”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Executive editor of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy. Consulted online on 21 March 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_030944>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160321

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