Economic Growth and the Ending of the Transatlantic Slave Trade

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In this revisionist study of the consequences of the abolition of the Atlantic slave trade, economic historian David Eltis contends that the move did not bolster the Atlantic economy; rather, it vastly hindered economic expansion, just as the earlier great reliance on slave labor had played a role in the development of that economy.

A revisionist study of the consequences of Britain's abolition of the Atlantic slave trade.

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Overview

In this revisionist study of the consequences of the abolition of the Atlantic slave trade, economic historian David Eltis contends that the move did not bolster the Atlantic economy; rather, it vastly hindered economic expansion, just as the earlier great reliance on slave labor had played a role in the development of that economy.

A revisionist study of the consequences of Britain's abolition of the Atlantic slave trade.

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"Brilliant. A tour de force."--Richard Salvucci, Trinity University

"Eltis has produced a very important piece of historical work, covering a large and important topic with an impressive integration of primary research and generously acknowledged secondary writings....[I]t raises the entire discussion to a new level of both empirical and interpretive scholarship."--American Historical Review

"Eltis's magisterial reconstruction of the last, and most dynamic, century of the slave trade and the Atlantic slave economy...should command our attention. In its depth of documentation, its systematic treatment of alternatives, and in its geographical scope, it is a landmark in the history of the slave trade."--Journal of Social History

"Ambitious and far-reaching....Stimulating and should be read by anyone interested in how the slave trade, suppression, and economic development of the Americas, Africa, and Europe in the nineteenth century were connected. It is safe to say that this book will stand the test of time and will have to be cited and taken into account by researchers interested in a wide variety of questions."--Argonauta

"A painstakingly researched and thought-provoking book, that seems destined to become one of the more controversial classics of the history of the slave trade."--English Historical Review

"The most innovative, provocative, and, in many ways, disturbing assessment of the trade's character and the limited gains of abolition....[A] remarkable achievement."--Journal of the Early Republic

"An important survey and outstanding synthesis....[A] major contribution to the literature of slavery."--The Historian

"A work of prodigious and meticulous scholarship, Eltis's book will be studied and debated well into the next century....Eltis's provocative arguments will require historians to reconsider the entire Anglo-American antislavery movement as well as the place of coerced labor in an emerging industrial and free market Atlantic world."--David Brion Davis, The New York Review of Books

"Eltis's narrative...displays wide-ranging scholarship, good economic analysis, and careful quantitative work....The value in the book lies in its scrupulous care in depicting the abolition and suppression of the slave trade, not in debatable judgments about its signficance for British economic development or American immigration. That depiction is certain to ensure its status as a classic in this field."--Labor History

"A provocative book that promises to long be required reading."--Library Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195041354
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 6/28/1987
  • Pages: 434
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 1.38 (d)

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Queen's College, Kingston
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