Africans and the Industrial Revolution in England: A Study in International Trade and Economic Development

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Cambridge University Press, Jun 10, 2002 - Business & Economics - 576 pages
Drawing on classical development theory and recent theoretical advances on the connection between expanding markets and technological developments, this book shows the critical role of expanding Atlantic commerce in the successful completion of England's industrialization process over the period 1650-1850. The contribution of Africans, the central focus of the book, is measured in terms of the role of diasporic Africans in large-scale commodity production in the Americas - of which expanding Atlantic commerce was a function - at a time when demographic and other socioeconomic conditions in the Atlantic basin encouraged small-scale production by independent populations, largely for subsistence. This is the first detailed study of the role of overseas trade in the Industrial Revolution. It revises inward-looking explanations that have dominated the field in recent decades, and shifts the assessment of African contribution away from the debate on profits.
 

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Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction
1
Chapter 2 The English Economy in the Longue Durée
19
Chapter 3 A Historiography of the First Industrial Revolution
89
Chapter 4 SlaveBased Commodity Production and the Growth of Atlantic Commerce
156
Chapter 5 Britain and the Supply of African Slave Labor to the Americas
215
Chapter 6 The Atlantic Slave Economy and English Shipping
265
Chapter 7 The Atlantic Slave Economy and the Development of Financial Institutions
314
Chapter 8 AfricanProduced Raw Materials and Industrial Production in England
362
Chapter 9 Atlantic Markets and the Development of the Major Manufacturing Sectors in Englands Industrialization ...
405
Chapter 10 Conclusion
473
Appendixes
487
Bibliography
525
Index
551
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