The Economic Consequences of the Atlantic Slave Trade

The Economic Consequences of the Atlantic Slave Trade

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The Economic Consequences of the Atlantic Slave Trade places the sugar/slave/plantation complex of the British West Indies at the center of the Atlantic trading system, uniting the economies of western Europe, Africa, North America, and the Caribbean, and leading to the Industrial Revolution in England. It will interest teachers and scholars of Atlantic history, Africa, the British Empire, New England, the Industrial Revolution, abolition, and more

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  • Hardback | 150 pages
  • 157.48 x 226.06 x 17.78mm | 317.51g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 6 Tables, unspecified; 5 Charts; 1 Illustrations, black and white
  • 0739192469
  • 9780739192467

About Barbara L. Solow

Barbara L. Solow retired from the W. E. B. Du Bois Research Institute at Harvard University after having taught economics at Brandeis University and Boston more

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Solow provides important insights for understanding the economics of slavery in the Americas. This posthumous volume brings together some of her seminal publications based on her research throughout the past twenty-five years. It well deserves to be collected in a convenient volume for scholars who study slavery in the Americas. The central theme is the significance of the institution of slavery in modern economic development. Always written with a brilliance and flare, Solow's work ably outlines the basic features of slavery as a system and economic structure. Although her analysis is heavily weighted toward British and North American history, her explanation of slavery's underpinnings in economic terms applies to any society in any time period. Journal of Interdisciplinary History These papers by Barbara Solow on capitalism and slavery have radically altered our view of the whole subject of the role of the Atlantic slave trade in relation to the British Industrial Revolution and to the evolution of capitalism as a global system. They provide not only the most vigorous and successful defense of the still highly controversial 'Williams Thesis' that we have in the literature, but go well beyond that thesis itself in placing the entire historical episode in a global context that is more extended in both space and time. -- Ronald Findlay, Columbia University The essays gathered in this volume examine the relation of slavery and capitalism over long historical time. In them Barbara Solow combines the analytical rigor of an economist and the sensitivity to social and political context of an historian. Her comprehensive temporal and geographical scope together with her uncommonly broad vision, originality, and insight deepen our understanding of old problems and provide new questions for further inquiry. They will be necessary reading for students of slavery, capitalism, and the Atlantic world. -- Dale Tomich, Binghamton University Barbara Solow is a pioneer in the study of the economics of the slave trade and of slavery itself. Her penetrating, quizzical essays on Eric Williams' view of slavery's contribution to capitalism as well as her other studies of slavery and the growth of capitalism are brought together in this volume and thus given the permanent place in the literature that they deserve. -- Bernard Bailyn, Harvard Universityshow more

Table of contents

Chapter 1: Capitalism and Slavery in the Exceedingly Long Run Chapter 2: Slavery and Colonization Chapter 3: Eric Williams and His Critics Chapter 4: Why Columbus Failed: The New World without Slavery Chapter 5: Caribbean Slavery and British Growth: The Eric Williams Hypothesis Chapter 6: Marx, Slavery, and American Economic Growth Chapter 7: The Transition to Plantation Slavery: The Case of the British West Indiesshow more

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