British Empire and the Suppression of the Slave Trade to Brazil: A Global History Analysis

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    Parron, Tâmis [Author]

    Publisher Journal of World History
    Year of publication 2018 March Vol 29 (1) pp. 1-36

    Medium Digital
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    People and communities > Slavery
    Food (non-cereal) processes > Sugar
    Economics & commerce > Commercial policy


    Scope & contentAbstract:

    This essay examines the connections between the British free trade experiment, the reorganizing of the British Empire and the ultimate suppression of the transatlantic slave trade to Brazil in its fully global operative context.

    While most analyses of the nineteenth-century transatlantic slave trade focus on bilateral diplomatic relations or national decision-making processes, this essay puts forth a broader analytical framework. It places the end of the transatlantic illegal slave trade to Brazil in 1850 within the dynamics of the world-economy.

    In a broader sense, this essay sheds new light on debates about capitalism and slavery as it reveals nineteenth-century capitalism not as a static background for historical analysis, but rather as a dialectical process moving through a sequence of disruptive commodity market integrations, each of which posed specific economic and political challenges for slaveholders and antislavery actors alike.

    Divisions within this publication

    • 1: Introduction: State, Agency, And Capitalism
    • 2: Breaking Through The World Order: Imperialism And Free Trade
    • 3: Free Trade And Negotiating Empire
    • 4: Imperial Reorganizing: British Anti-Slave Trade Geopolitics Redefined
    • 5: Final Remarks

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