- STAFF PICKS
- GIFTS + GIFT CARDS
- SELL BOOKS
- FIND A STORE
New Trade Paper
Ships in 1 to 3 days
available for shipping or prepaid pickup only
Available for In-store Pickup
in 7 to 12 days
This title in other editions
Capitalism and Slaveryby Eric Eustace Williams
Synopses & Reviews
Slavery helped finance the Industrial Revolution in England. Plantation owners, shipbuilders, and merchants connected with the slave trade accumulated vast fortunes that established banks and heavy industry in Europe and expanded the reach of capitalism worldwide.
Eric Williams advanced these powerful ideas in Capitalism and Slavery, published in 1944. Years ahead of its time, his profound critique became the foundation for studies of imperialism and economic development. Binding an economic view of history with strong moral argument, Williams's study of the role of slavery in financing the Industrial Revolution refuted traditional ideas of economic and moral progress and firmly established the centrality of the African slave trade in European economic development. He also showed that mature industrial capitalism in turn helped destroy the slave system. Establishing the exploitation of commercial capitalism and its link to racial attitudes, Williams employed a historicist vision that set the tone for future studies. In a new introduction, Colin Palmer assesses the lasting impact of Williams's groundbreaking work and analyzes the heated scholarly debates it generated when it first appeared.
Eric Williams's Capitalism & Slavery became the foundation for many future studies of imperialism and economic development. Binding an economic view of history with strong moral argument, Williams's study of the role of slavery in financing the INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION REFUTED TRADITIONAL IDEAS OF ECONOMIC AND MORAL PROGRESS AND FIRMLY ESTABLISHED THE CENTRALITY OF THE African slave trade in European economic development. He also showed that mature industrial capitalism in turn helped destroy the slave system.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 262-270) and index.
About the Author
The late Eric Williams was prime minister of Trinidad and Tobago from 1961 until his death in 1981. Prior to entering politics, he was professor of political and social science at Howard University. Colin A. Palmer is Dodge Professor of History at Princeton University.
What Our Readers Are Saying
Other books you might like
Business » History and Biographies