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Slavery, Family, and Gentry Capitalism in the British Atlantic
The World of the Lascelles, 1648–1834

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Economic History - Second Series

  • Date Published: June 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521143004

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  • From the mid-seventeenth century to the 1830s, successful gentry capitalists created an extensive business empire centered on slavery in the West Indies, but inter-linked with North America, Africa, and Europe. S. D. Smith examines the formation of this British Atlantic World from the perspective of Yorkshire aristocratic families who invested in the West Indies. At the heart of the book lies a case study of the plantation-owning Lascelles and the commercial and cultural network they created with their associates. The Lascelles exhibited high levels of business innovation and were accomplished risk-takers, overcoming daunting obstacles to make fortunes out of the New World. Dr Smith shows how the family raised themselves first to super-merchant status and then to aristocratic pre-eminence. He also explores the tragic consequences for enslaved Africans with chapters devoted to the slave populations and interracial relations. This widely researched book sheds new light on the networks and the culture of imperialism.

    • A case study on the Caribbean slave trade based on the extensive records of an English plantation-owning family
    • Sheds light on the organisation of the slave and sugar trades and on the commercial networks of the Atlantic world
    • The book will appeal to scholars of the history of slavery, Atlantic history, colonial and imperial history and economic history
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    • Date Published: June 2010
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521143004
    • length: 400 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.59kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction - remembering and forgetting
    2. Halls and Vassalls
    3. Rise of the Lascelles
    4. Lascelles and Maxwell
    5. The Gedney Clarkes
    6. Merchants and planters
    7. A labyrinth of debt
    8. Managing a West India interest
    9. The enslaved population
    10. Between black and white
    11. Epilogue.

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    S. D. Smith, University of York

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