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The Making of New World Slavery  From the Baroque to the Modern 1492-1800, Blackburn, Robin
1 Blackburn, Robin The Making of New World Slavery From the Baroque to the Modern 1492-1800
New York Verso 1997 1859848907 / 9781859848906 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dust jacket 
Only slight wear.; Dust jacket in Mylar jacket protector. A bright, solid book.; 9.58 X 6.44 X 1.50 inches; 602 pages; At the time when European powers colonized the Americas, the institution of slavery had almost disappeared from Europe itself. Having overcome an institution widely regarded as oppressive, why did they sponsor the construction of racial slavery in their new colonies?Robin Blackburn traces European doctrines of race and slavery from medieval times to the early modern epoch, and finds that the stigmatization of the ethno-religious Other was given a callous twist by a new culture of consumption, freed from an earlier moral economy.The Making of New World Slavery argues that independent commerce, geared to burgeoning consumer markets, was the driving force behind the rise of plantation slavery. The baroque state sought—successfully—to batten on this commerce, and—unsuccessfully—to regulate slavery and race. Successive chapters of the book consider the deployment of slaves in the colonial possessions of the Portuguese, the Spanish, the Dutch, the English and the French. Each are shown to have contributed something to the eventual consolidation of racial slavery and to the plantation revolution of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. It is shown that plantation slavery emerged from the impulses of civil society rather than from the strategies of the individual states. 
Price: 34.95 CDN
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Bury the Chains  Prophets and Rebels in the Fight to Free an Empire's Slaves, Hochschild, Adam
2 Hochschild, Adam Bury the Chains Prophets and Rebels in the Fight to Free an Empire's Slaves
Boston Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2005 0618104690 / 9780618104697 Book Club Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket 
Only slight wear, lack of price on dustjacket leads me to believe that this is a book club edition - otherwise it has the look and feel of a 1st ed. ; A bright, solid book, dustjacket in Mylar. ; 8.90 X 6.40 X 1.60 inches; 468 pages; "From the author of the widely acclaimed King Leopold's Ghost comes the taut, gripping account of one of the most brilliantly organized social justice campaigns in history -- the fight to free the slaves of the British Empire. In early 1787, twelve men -- a printer, a lawyer, a clergyman, and others united by their hatred of slavery -- came together in a London printing shop and began the world's first grass-roots movement, battling for the rights of people on another continent. Masterfully stoking public opinion, the movement's leaders pioneered a variety of techniques that have been adopted by citizens' movements ever since, from consumer boycotts to wall posters and lapel buttons to celebrity endorsements. A deft chronicle of this groundbreaking antislavery crusade and its powerful enemies, Bury the Chains gives a little-celebrated human rights watershed its due at last." 
Price: 14.95 CDN
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