Abolition: A History of Slavery and Antislavery

Abolition: A History of Slavery and Antislavery

by Seymour Drescher
     
 

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ISBN-10: 052184102X

ISBN-13: 9780521841023

Pub. Date: 07/31/2009

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

In one form or another, slavery has existed throughout the world for millennia. It helped to change the world, and the world transformed the institution. In the 1450s, when Europeans from the small corner of the globe least enmeshed in the institution first interacted with peoples of other continents, they created, in the Americas, the most dynamic, productive, and

Overview

In one form or another, slavery has existed throughout the world for millennia. It helped to change the world, and the world transformed the institution. In the 1450s, when Europeans from the small corner of the globe least enmeshed in the institution first interacted with peoples of other continents, they created, in the Americas, the most dynamic, productive, and exploitative system of coerced labor in human history. Three centuries later these same intercontinental actions produced a movement that successfully challenged the institution at the peak of its dynamism. Within another century a new surge of European expansion constructed Old World empires under the banner of antislavery. However, twentieth-century Europe itself was inundated by a new system of slavery, larger and more deadly than its earlier system of New World slavery. This book examines these dramatic expansions and contractions of the institution of slavery and the impact of violence, economics, and civil society in the ebb and flow of slavery and antislavery during the last five centuries.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521841023
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
07/31/2009
Pages:
484
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.40(d)

Table of Contents

Part I. Extension: 1. A perennial institution; 2. Expanding slavery; 3. Extension and tension; 4. Border skirmishes; Part II. Crisis: 5. Age of American revolution 1770s–1820s; 6. Franco-American revolutions 1780s–1820s; 7. Latin American revolutions 1810s–1820s; 8. Abolitionism without revolution: Great Britain 1770s–1820s; Part III. Contraction: 9. British emancipation; 10. From colonial emancipation to global abolition; 11. The end of slavery: Anglo-America; 12. Abolishing New World slavery: Latin America; 13. Constructing Old World slavery: 1870s–1920s; Part IV. Reversion: 14. Inversion in Europe; 15. Afterword.

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