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Capitalism and Slavery
  • Language: en

Capitalism and Slavery

The present study is an attempt to place in historical perspective the relationship between early capitalism as exemplified by Great Britain, and the Negro slave trade, Negro slavery and the general colonial trade of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. It is strictly an economic study of the role of Negro slavery and the slave trade in providing the capital which financed the Industrial Revolution in England and of mature industrial capitalism in destroying the slave system.

Eric Williams and the Making of the Modern Caribbean
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 368

Eric Williams and the Making of the Modern Caribbean

Born in Trinidad, Eric Williams (1911-81) founded the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago's first modern political party in 1956, led the country to independence from the British culminating in 1962, and became the nation's first prime minister. Before entering politics, he was a professor at Howard University and wrote several books, including the classic Capitalism and Slavery. In the first scholarly biography of Williams, Colin Palmer provides insights into Williams's personality that illuminate his life as a scholar and politician and his tremendous influence on the historiography and politics of the Caribbean. Palmer focuses primarily on the fourteen-year period of struggles for independenc...

British Capitalism and Caribbean Slavery
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 345

British Capitalism and Caribbean Slavery

Modern scholarship on the relationship between British capitalism and Caribbean slavery has been profoundly influenced by Eric Williams's 1944 classic, Capitalism and Slavery. The present volume represents the proceedings of a conference on Caribbean Slavery and British Capitalism convened in his honour in 1984, and includes essays on Dr Williams's scholarly work and influence. These essays, by thirteen scholars from the United States, England, Africa, Canada and the Caribbean, explore the relationship between Great Britain and her plantation slave colonies in the Caribbean.

Eric Williams
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 842

Eric Williams

Eric Williams: The Myth and the Man seeks to illuminate the political career of one of the Caribbean's most elusive figures, Eric Williams, the first prime minister of Trinidad and Tobago. Selwyn Ryan uses a wide array of primary sources, letters, interviews, material from the Public Records Office in the United Kingdom, the State Department Records in the United State of America and the Eric Williams Memorial Collection in Trinidad and Tobago, and demonstrates a strong mastery of secondary sources to provide a sophisticated political analysis of Williams's role in Trinidadian and Caribbean politics. The manuscript focuses on Williams's entry into politics and his tenure as prime minister from 1956 until his death in 1981. Ryan also provides an interesting analysis of Williams's seminal work Capitalism and Slavery and his role as a scholar. The book is a distillation of research and writings that have spanned two decades. The author brings a unique perspective to the work as both a scholar and one who has studied, criticized and been active in Trinidad politics as chairman of the Public Utilities Commission, Trinidad and Tobago.

Eric Williams, the man and the leader
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 143

Eric Williams, the man and the leader

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 1986-09
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  • Publisher: Unknown

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The Tunnel
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 224

The Tunnel

This book traces Peter Howard, who was to become one of The Wooden Horse escapers, from his being shot down, through his capture, interrogation and first two POW camps. It gets into the mind of a man determined to escape his captors. It shows that for all the many schemes dreamt up, very few ever got started and of those only a tiny handful ever came to fruition – and of those a ‘home run’ was as rare as a lottery win. But none of this could suppress the determination, ingenuity and courage of those who were driven to try. This is a thrilling opportunity to read what is virtually ‘lost’ masterpiece of the Prisoner of War escaping genre.

The Legacy of Eric Williams
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 208

The Legacy of Eric Williams

The Legacy of Eric Williams provides an indispensable and significant understanding of Eric Williams’s contributions to the now independent nation of Trinidad and Tobago and his impact on the broader international understanding of the Caribbean. This book stands out because of its simultaneous investigation into Eric Williams as a scholar/intellectual, a political leader, and, most importantly, a key postcolonial figure. Most previous studies have treated these as separate arenas. The essays here confront the relevance of postcolonialism in understanding Williams’s role both in post-independence Trinidad and Tobago and in newer understandings of Caribbean globalization. The volume divide...

The Wooden Horse
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 264

The Wooden Horse

It is over fifty years since the critics of the day acclaimed The Wooden Horse as a superbly told story of the most ingenious and daring escape of the Second World War. Millions of readers agreed, and the book became a modern classic. This revised and expanded edition tells the tale. The escape itself was conceived on classical lines. The Greeks built a wooden horse and by means of it got into the city of Troy; in 1943 two British officers built a wooden horse and by means of it got out of a German prison camp. Together with a third companion, they were the only British prisoners ever to escape and reach England from this camp, though many tried. It was Stalag Luft III, designed especially t...

Education in the British West Indies
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 190

Education in the British West Indies

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2012-04
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  • Publisher: Eworld

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Capitalism and Slavery
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 307

Capitalism and Slavery

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 1944
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  • Publisher: Unknown

Slavery helped finance the Industrial Revolution in England. Plantation owners, shipbuilders, and merchants connected with the slave trade accumulated vast fortunes that established banks and heavy industry in Europe and expanded the reach of capitalism worldwide. Eric Williams advanced these powerful ideas in Capitalism and Slavery, published in 1944. Years ahead of its time, his profound critique became the foundation for studies of imperialism and economic development. Binding an economic view of history with strong moral argument, Williams's study of the role of slavery in financing the Industrial Revolution refuted traditional ideas of economic and moral progress and firmly established ...