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British West Indian Slavery, 1750-1834 : The Process of Amelioration :  The Process of Amelioration - J. R. Ward

British West Indian Slavery, 1750-1834 : The Process of Amelioration

The Process of Amelioration

Hardcover Published: September 1988
ISBN: 9780198201441
Number Of Pages: 424

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The first account of Caribbean slavery to draw from the plantation records of several different sugar colonies, this book examines the attempts made by British West Indian planters to improve the treatment of their slaves, partly in response to the anti-slavery movement. Ward argues that although the measures taken did raise the standard of living and productive efficiency of plantation slaves, "amelioration" contained serious weaknesses that made it ultimately ineffective as a means of defending the institution of slavery. Though focused on the British West Indies, the book's main theme--the potential for reform and economic development in slave-based societies--will hold wider significance for a variety of economic and social historians.

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'Ward's book takes its place as a necessary reference point in the long-running debate on "capitalism and slavery".' Times Literary Supplement 'careful, well-documented, and significant study ... in the areas on which it concentrates ... it brings forward very valuable evidence and arguments' Michael Tadman, University of Liverpool, Business History 'careful, well-documented, and significant study' Tom Donnelly, Coventry Polytechnic, Business History 'a well-researched and well-written study of both the short- and long-term changes in sugar planting ... It is difficult in the short space allotted to this review to do justice to the penetrating analysis and fine judgment displayed by the author.' Richard B. Sheridan, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Slavery & Abolition

Figuresp. viii
Tablesp. ix
Abbreviation And Note On Currenciesp. xi
Introductionp. 1
Establishing the Monoculturep. 8
The Planters in Adversity, 1763-1834p. 38
New Husbandryp. 61
Demographic Resultsp. 119
A Balance Sheet of Ameliorationp. 190
The Aftermath of Slaveryp. 233
Conclusionp. 261
Slave Listingsp. 280
Endnotesp. 282
Bibliographyp. 289
Indexp. 311
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ISBN: 9780198201441
ISBN-10: 0198201443
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 424
Published: September 1988
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 2.24
Weight (kg): 0.58