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By Seymour Drescher

During this vintage research and refutation of Eric Williams's 1944 thesis, Seymour Drescher argues that Britain's abolition of the slave exchange in 1807 resulted no longer from the diminishing worth of slavery for excellent Britain yet as a substitute from the British public's mobilization opposed to the slave exchange, which pressured London to dedicate what Drescher phrases "econocide." This motion, he argues, was once hazardous to Britain's fiscal pursuits at a time while British slavery was once truly on the top of its power.

Originally released in 1977, Drescher's paintings used to be instrumental in undermining the commercial determinist interpretation of abolitionism that had ruled historic discourse for many years following global struggle II. For this moment variation, which incorporates a foreword by way of David Brion Davis, Drescher has written a brand new preface, reflecting at the historiography of the British slave alternate due to the fact that this book's unique publication.

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As in the French case, British conquest of all the Dutch and Danish colonies provided firsthand information at a later time. In general, the picture of slavery outside the AngloFrench empires was so diffuse at the beginning of the abolitionist campaign in 1788 that the reading public was informed that the Spanish Empire was the largest employer of slave labor in the Americas. 22 Only for certain products was it possible to measure the total output of all European slave colonies with something approaching precision.

To my wife, my partner, no further words are needed after all these good years. None would suffice. ECONOCIDE This page intentionally left blank 1 The Decline Theory of Abolition The Emergence of the Decline Theory For one hundred and fifty years a sense of the extraordinary has pervaded interpretations of the abolition of British slavery. To its supporters abolition represented an almost miraculous example of the triumph of the spiritual over the material, and of "humanitarian" over "interest" politics.

6 If the demise of at least one major part of Western slavery can be described in such a way, the British system, as the first to be dismantled, seems to be the best candidate. Its slaveholders are characterized as the most capitalist of all colonials. Its imperial metropolis was obviously the most capitalist and industrial of all European societies by 1800. In concentrating on the British case one is dealing with the market model of abolition on its own grounds and on its home grounds. 7 Other minor flaws in his account have since been subject to continuous scrutiny by more precise and more thorough scholarship.

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