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Economic Growth and the Ending of the Transatlantic Slave Trade
     

Economic Growth and the Ending of the Transatlantic Slave Trade

by David Eltis, Eltis
 

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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.

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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.

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"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

"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

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

"A remarkable book, erudite, breathtaking in sweep of research, original in thought, and masterful in language. It is a landmark in the literature on the transatlantic slave trade."—Journal of Southern History

"Critical to a better understanding of the contribution of the slave trade to Atlantic economic growth."—Journal of American History

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195045635
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
01/28/1987
Pages:
434
Product dimensions:
5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.81(d)

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Queen's College, Kingston

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