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 now not from the diminishing worth of slavery for nice Britain yet as a substitute from the British public's mobilization opposed to the slave alternate, which compelled London to devote what Drescher phrases "econocide." This motion, he argues, was once unsafe to Britain's fiscal pursuits at a time whilst British slavery used to be really on the peak of its power.
Originally released in 1977, Drescher's paintings used to be instrumental in undermining the industrial determinist interpretation of abolitionism that had ruled old discourse for many years following global warfare 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 given that this book's unique publication.