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Econocide : British Slavery in the Era of Abolition - Seymour Drescher

Econocide

British Slavery in the Era of Abolition

By: Seymour Drescher, Author (Preface by), David Brion Davis (Foreword by)

Paperback Published: 30th August 2010
ISBN: 9780807871799
Number Of Pages: 312

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"Based on extensive statistical evidence and a careful reading of the contemporary debates, Drescher's book has led to a significant shift in scholarly opinion regarding the reasons behind the end of the British slave trade and has moved the debate to a more sophisticated level, an ongoing debate that he examines in a new preface to this volume."---Stanley Engerman, John Munro Professor of Economics and Professor of History, University of Rochester

"A timely reissue of one of the paradigm-shifting texts in the capitalism and slavery debates. The new foreword and preface alone are worth the price of admission."---David Eltis, Robert W. Woodruff Professor of History, Emory University

"A model of clarity and economy, Drescher's tightly argued and persuasive book is a frontal assault upon the decline theory of abolitionism."---Jack P. Greene, Agricultural History

"In [Dreshcer's] analysis old assumptions fall like ninepins."---Betty Fladeland, American Historical Review

"[Drescher] showed how abolitionism was an important part of popular culture in Britain at that time, commanding support from people who had no economic interest in the matter one way or the other."---Stephen Davies, The Freeman: Ideas on Liberty

"The most direct and enduring challenge to the `Williams Thesis' runs through the influential publications of Seymour Drescher."---Matt D. Childs, H-Net Reviews

In this classic analysis and refutation of Eric Williams's 1944 thesis, Seymour Drescher argues that Britain's abolition of the slave trade in 1807 resulted not from the diminishing value of slavery for Great Britain but instead from the British public's mobilization against the slave trade, which forced London to commit what Drescher terms "econocide." This action, he argues, was detrimental to Britain's economic interests at a time when British slavery was actually at the height of its potential.

Originally published in 1977, Drescher's work was instrumental in undermining the economic determinist interpretation of abolitionism that had dominated historical discourse for decades following World War II. For this second edition, which includes a foreword by David Brion Davis, Drescher has written a new preface, reflecting on the historiography of the British slave trade since this book's original publication.

[Drescher] showed how abolitionism was an important part of popular culture in Britain at that time, commanding support from people who had no economic interest in the matter one way or the other.--Stephen Davies, The Freeman: Ideas on Liberty


In [Dreshcer's] analysis old assumptions fall like ninepins.--Betty Fladeland, American Historical Review


The most direct and enduring challenge to the 'Williams Thesis' runs through the influential publications of Seymour Drescher.--Matt D. Childs, H-Net Reviews


[A] powerful critique.--Journal of NC Association of Historians


A model of clarity and economy, Drescher's tightly argued and persuasive book is a frontal assault upon the decline theory of abolitionism.--Jack P. Greene, Agricultural History


Seymour Drescher has enjoyed a long and distinguished career as a specialist of European colonial slavery, the slave trade and abolitionism, and especially of the role played by Great Britain in these processes.--Lawrence C. Jennings, Journal of Modern History


Praise for the First Edition

"As thoroughgoing and elegant a piece of revisionism in the best sense as has appeared anywhere in the discipline in recent years.--David Eltis, Business History Review

List of Tablesp. ix
List of Figuresp. xi
Forewordp. xiii
Preface to the Second Editionp. xxi
Acknowledgmentsp. xxxi
The Decline Theory of Abolitionp. 3
The Emergence of the Decline Theory
The Problem of Measuring Slavery
The Destruction Process
The 1770s as the Pivot of British Slaveryp. 15
The Value of the West Indies
The Slave Trade
The Continental Colonies
The Protected Economy Before the French Slave Revolutionp. 38
The British Caribbean in 1790
The Imperial Factor
French Sugar: ôThe Most Amazing Phenomenonö
The Unprotected Economy Before the French Slave Revolutionp. 55
Slave Cotton and ôLaissez-faireö Abolitionism
Slave Trading and ôMercantilistö Abolitionism
Prospects in 1790
The Growth of Slavery in the Era of British Supremacyp. 65
The Trade Network
The Slave Trade-Arrested Growth
Staple Production During the Caribbean Revolutions
The New Frontier and Abolitionp. 92
The Ever-Receding Threshold of Saturation
Demerara and Abolition
Trinidad and Abolition
St. Vincent and Abolition
Economic Conjuncture and Abolition Bills, 1791-1806p. 113
1791-1792
1797-1802
1806
The Market Mechanism and Abolitionp. 125
Overproduction
Overproduction and Abolition in 1807
The Laws of the Market and the Law of Abolition
Abolition and the Decline of British Slavery, 1808-1814p. 142
Decline in Disguise, 1808-1814
The Crossroads: 1814
Beyond Economic Interestp. 162
The Age of Slavery
Seeds of Destruction
Abolition and Evolving Economic Policy
The Elusive Enemies of Slavery
Beyond Elites
List of Abbreviationsp. 188
Chronologyp. 189
Estimating the Sugar, Coffee, and Slave Tradesp. 193
The Relative Strength of Suggested Motives in the Votes of 1806-1807p. 214
Notesp. 225
Bibliographyp. 261
Indexp. 273
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ISBN: 9780807871799
ISBN-10: 0807871796
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 312
Published: 30th August 2010
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.44
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised