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Capitalism and Slavery Fifty Years Later

Eric Eustace Williams – A Reassessment of the Man and His Work

S.H.H. Carrington and Heather Cateau

Eric Williams’ seminal work Capitalism and Slavery has received continued reassessment since publication in 1944. It must be considered one of the premier historical works of our time. Its major themes – the origins of slavery; the profitability of the slave trade and slavery; the decline of the British West Indies; and the economic motivation for emancipation – are still hotly debated. This book continues this process, however, it also explores less developed themes as well as new developments in Caribbean historiography. It also seeks to shed some insight on the issues that influenced Eric Williams and informed the purpose with which he wrote history. This reassessment celebrates a very important landmark in the book’s history, fifty years since its original publication.
Contents: John Hope Franklin: Eric Williams and Howard University – George Lamming: The Legacy of Eric Williams – Colin Palmer: Eric Williams and His Intellectual Legacy – Joseph Inikori: Capitalism and Slavery, Fifty Years After: Eric Williams and the Changing Explanations of the Industrial Revolution – Seymour Drescher: Capitalism and Slavery: After Fifty Years – Andrew O’Shaughnessy: Williams as Historian – Ibrahim Sundiata: Capitalism and Slavery: «The Commercial Part of the Nation» – William Darity: Economic Aspects of the British Trade in Slaves: A Fresh Look at the Evidence from the 1789 Report of the Lords of Trade – David Ryden: Planters, Slaves and Decline – Claudius Fergus: War, Revolution and Abolitionism 1793-1806 – Kari Levitt: Globalization: Reality or Ideology.