Econocide: British Slavery in the Era of Abolition

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In this classic analysis and refutation of Eric Williams's 1944 thesis, Seymour Drescher argues that Britain's abolition of the slave trade in 1807 resulted not from the diminishing value of slavery for Great Britain but instead from the British public's mobilization against the slave trade, which forced London to commit what Drescher terms "econocide." This action, he argues, was detrimental to Britain's economic interests at a time when British slavery was actually at the height of its potential.

Originally published in 1977, Drescher's work was instrumental in undermining the economic determinist interpretation of abolitionism that had dominated historical discourse for decades following World War II. For this second edition, which includes a foreword by David Brion Davis, Drescher has written a new preface, reflecting on the historiography of the British slave trade since this book's original publication.

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"Based on extensive statistical evidence and a careful reading of the contemporary debates, Drescher's book has led to a significant shift in scholarly opinion regarding the reasons behind the end of the British slave trade and has moved the debate to a more sophisticated level, an ongoing debate that he examines in a new preface to this volume."--Stanley Engerman, John Munro Professor of Economics and Professor of History, University of Rochester

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Seymour Drescher is Distinguished University Professor of history and sociology at the University of Pittsburgh.

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