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 alternate in 1807 resulted now not from the diminishing price of slavery for nice Britain yet in its place from the British public's mobilization opposed to the slave exchange, which compelled London to devote what Drescher phrases "econocide." This motion, he argues, used to be hazardous to Britain's fiscal pursuits at a time whilst British slavery used to be truly on the top of its power.
Originally released in 1977, Drescher's paintings was once instrumental in undermining the commercial determinist interpretation of abolitionism that had ruled ancient discourse for many years following global conflict II. For this moment version, which incorporates a foreword via David Brion Davis, Drescher has written a brand new preface, reflecting at the historiography of the British slave exchange for the reason that this book's unique publication.
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After 1799 no further attempt was made to introduce an abolition bill until late in the session of 1804, and there was really no probability of an end to the trade for another two years. June 1806 to May 1807 is clearly the maximum period in which there were incentives to speculative buying.
U In this it also parallels the West Indian trade down to 1807. If we turn from value to volume, the results are identical. Tables 7 and 8 show that the British trade reached its apogee in the last two decades of its existence. TABLE 6: BRITISH EXPORTS TO AFRICA, 1749-1822 War 1749-1755 1756-1762 1763-1774 1775-1783 1784-1792 1793-1797 1798-1802 1803-1807 1808-1812 1813-1817 1817-1822 Peace Index x 100 112 285 180 379 287 589 488 232 199 265 x x x x x x x x x x Source: Mitchell and Deane, Abstract, pp.
They have always reacted with resiliency. To my children I return this small slice of myself in token of their patience. 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.
Econocide: British Slavery in the Era of Abolition by Seymour Drescher