Slavery, Family, and Gentry Capitalism in the British Atlantic: The World of the Lascelles, 1648-1834

Slavery, Family, and Gentry Capitalism in the British Atlantic: The World of the Lascelles, 1648-1834

by S. D. Smith
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521863384

ISBN-13: 9780521863384

Pub. Date: 07/31/2008

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

From the mid-seventeenth century to the 1830s, successful gentry capitalists created an extensive business empire centered on slavery in the West Indies, but inter-linked with North America, Africa, and Europe. S. D. Smith examines the formation of this British Atlantic World from the perspective of Yorkshire aristocratic families who invested in the West Indies.

Overview

From the mid-seventeenth century to the 1830s, successful gentry capitalists created an extensive business empire centered on slavery in the West Indies, but inter-linked with North America, Africa, and Europe. S. D. Smith examines the formation of this British Atlantic World from the perspective of Yorkshire aristocratic families who invested in the West Indies. At the heart of the book lies a case study of the plantation-owning Lascelles and the commercial and cultural network they created with their associates. The Lascelles exhibited high levels of business innovation and were accomplished risk-takers, overcoming daunting obstacles to make fortunes out of the New World. Dr Smith shows how the family raised themselves first to super-merchant status and then to aristocratic pre-eminence. He also explores the tragic consequences for enslaved Africans with chapters devoted to the slave populations and interracial relations. This widely researched book sheds new light on the networks and the culture of imperialism.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521863384
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
07/31/2008
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Economic History - Second Series
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.98(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction - remembering and forgetting; 2. Halls and Vassalls; 3. Rise of the Lascelles; 4. Lascelles and Maxwell; 5. The Gedney Clarkes; 6. Merchants and planters; 7. A labyrinth of debt; 8. Managing a West India interest; 9. The enslaved population; 10. Between black and white; 11. Epilogue.

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