Cambridge Studies in Economic History - Second Series: The Price of Emancipation: Slave-Ownership, Compensation and British Society at the End of Slavery (Hardback)
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Cambridge Studies in Economic History - Second Series: The Price of Emancipation: Slave-Ownership, Compensation and British Society at the End of Slavery (Hardback)

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Hardback 416 Pages / Published: 17/12/2009
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When colonial slavery was abolished in 1833 the British government paid GBP20 million to slave-owners as compensation: the enslaved received nothing. Drawing on the records of the Commissioners of Slave Compensation, which represent a complete census of slave-ownership, this book provides a comprehensive analysis of the extent and importance of absentee slave-ownership and its impact on British society. Moving away from the historiographical tradition of isolated case studies, it reveals the extent of slave-ownership among metropolitan elites, and identifies concentrations of both rentier and mercantile slave-holders, tracing their influence in local and national politics, in business and in institutions such as the Church. In analysing this permeation of British society by slave-owners and their success in securing compensation from the state, the book challenges conventional narratives of abolitionist Britain and provides a fresh perspective of British society and politics on the eve of the Victorian era.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521115254
Number of pages: 416
Weight: 790 g
Dimensions: 235 x 160 x 25 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Review of the hardback: 'The Price of Emancipation is a well-researched and argued book, and a major contribution to the study of British history and West Indian slavery in the first half of the nineteenth century.' Stanley Engerman, Journal of Economic History
Review of the hardback: '... an important contribution to our understanding of why compensation was introduced, and how it was funded and administered.' The Black and Asian Studies Association Newsletter
Review of the hardback: 'Draper has written an outstandingly good and important work.' H-LatAm
'... a valuable contribution to emancipation studies, and most appropriate for upper-level undergraduate or graduate-level courses.' Scott Hancock, The New West Indian Guide
"... well-researched and argued book, and a major contribution to the study of British history and West Indian slavery in the first half of the nineteenth century." Stanley Engerman, Journal of Economic History
"... well-researched and insightful book ..." Christopher Clark, American Historical Review
"... Draper's book is a vital reminder not only of the importance of slavery to British social history through the 1830's but also of the impact of slave emancipation as a force for political innovation and reform in British society during the age of abolition." David Richardson, The Journal of Interdisciplinary History
"Draper's book is insightful, engaging, and finely nuanced." Kevin Grant, Journal of Modern History
"Nicholas Draper's award-winning book is well researched, heavily annotated, and handsomely illustrated." John David Smith, Canadian Journal of History
"Draper has written an outstandingly good and important work." H-LatAm
"... a valuable contribution to emancipation studies, and most appropriate for upper-level undergraduate or graduate-level courses." Scott Hancock, The New West Indian Guide

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