The Dutch were late in abolishing the slave trade (1814) and slavery (1863). This volume raises and attempts to answer a number of questions regarding this tardiness: why did Holland, identified as a pioneer of modern capitalism, fail to generate a major anti-slavery movement? And why did it take the Dutch so long to follow the lead of apparently more ‘modern’ nations in abolishing the slave trade and slavery? CONTENTS Gert Oostindie: Introduction; Explaining Dutch abolition / Seymour Drescher: The long goodbye; Dutch capitalism and antislavery in comparative perspective / Maarten Kuitenbrouwer: The Dutch case of antislavery; Late abolitions and elitist abolitionism / Angelie Sens: Dutch antislavery attitudes in a decline-ridden society, 1750-1815 / Edwin Horlings: An economic explanation of the late abolition of slavery in Suriname / Alex van Stipriaan: Suriname and the abolition of slavery / Gert Oostindie: Same old song? Perspectives on slavery and slaves in Suriname and Curaao / Robert Ross: Abolitionism, the Batavian Republic, the British, and the Cape Colony / Gerrit J. Knaap: Slavery and the Dutch in Southeast Asia / Pieter C. Emmer: The ideology of free labor and Dutch colonial policy, 1830-1870 / Stanley L. Engerman: Emancipations in comparative perspective; A long and wide view / Seymour Drescher: Epilogue; Reflections.