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The Economic Aspect of the Abolition of the West Indian Slave Trade and Slavery

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Eric Williams was the most prominent intellectual from the English-speaking Caribbean in the twentieth century. He was a leader of West Indian independence and the prime minister of Trinidad and Tobago from 1955 to 1981. His groundbreaking book, Capitalism and Slavery, was first published in 1944 and most recently re-issued in 1994. Dale W. Tomich is professor of sociology and history at Binghamton University.



Klappentext

Slavery helped finance the Industrial Revolution in England. Plantation owners, shipbuilders, and merchants connected with the slave trade accumulated vast fortunes that established banks and heavy industry in Europe and expanded the reach of capitalism worldwide. Eric Williams advanced these powerful ideas in the influential and widely debated Capitalism and Slavery, published in 1944 and based on his previously unavailable dissertation, now available in book form for the first time. Williams's profound critique became the foundation for studies of imperialism and economic development. Binding an economic view of history with strong moral argument, his study of the role of slavery in financing the Industrial Revolution refuted traditional ideas of economic and moral progress and firmly established the centrality of the African slave trade in European economic development. He also showed that mature industrial capitalism in turn helped destroy the slave system. Establishing the exploitation of commercial capitalism and its link to racial attitudes, Williams employed a historicist vision that has set the tone for an entire field. The significant differences between his two works allows us to rethink questions that were considered resolved and to develop fresh problems and hypotheses. It offers the possibility of a much deeper reconsideration of issues that have lost none of their urgency; indeed, whose importance has increased.



Inhalt

Preface Dale Tomich Introduction: From the Dissertation to Capitalism and Slavery: Did Williams's Abolition Thesis Change? William Darity Jr. The Economic Aspect of the Abolition of the West Indian Slave Trade and Slavery Eric Williams Introduction Part I Chapter 1: The Impolicy of the Slave System Chapter 2: The Superiority of the French West Indies Chapter 3: East India Sugar Chapter 4: The Attempt to Secure an International Abolition Chapter 5: The West Indian Expeditions Chapter 6: The Significance of the West Indian Expeditions Chapter 7: The Abolition of the Slave Trade Part II Chapter 8: The Abolitionists and Emancipation Chapter 9: The Foreign Slave Trade Chapter 10: East India Sugar Chapter 11: The Distressed Areas Chapter 12: The Industrialists and Emancipation Epilogue Appendix I: "The Influential Men" Appendix II: Ramsay as an Authority Appendix III: The Intercolonial Slave Trade Bibliography

Produktinformationen

Titel: The Economic Aspect of the Abolition of the West Indian Slave Trade and Slavery
Untertitel: Slaver
Editor:
Autor:
EAN: 9781442231399
ISBN: 978-1-4422-3139-9
Format: Fester Einband
Herausgeber: Rowman & Littlefield
Genre: Allgemeines & Lexika
Anzahl Seiten: 278
Gewicht: 580g
Größe: H237mm x B163mm x T24mm
Jahr: 2014