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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 alternate in 1807 resulted now not from the diminishing price of slavery for nice Britain yet as an alternative from the British public's mobilization opposed to the slave exchange, which compelled London to dedicate what Drescher phrases "econocide." This motion, he argues, was once damaging to Britain's monetary pursuits at a time while British slavery was once really on the peak of its power.

Originally released in 1977, Drescher's paintings was once instrumental in undermining the commercial determinist interpretation of abolitionism that had ruled historic discourse for many years following international battle 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 for the reason that this book's unique publication.

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