Slavery And British Society 1776-1846 by James Walvin

Slavery And British Society 1776-1846 by James Walvin
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Overview: The direct British involvement with black chattel slavery, the institution which had proved instrumental in the development of the Caribbean islands and other parts of the Americas, was brought to a relatively swift end in the years 1776-1838.
The main produce of the region – sugar – lost its former primacy when the system of economic protection was terminated in the years 1846-52 under pressure from a changing economic philosophy. Thus ended not only the labour system which had come to characterise plantation life in the Caribbean but also the economic rationale for the plantation system itself. The essays which follow address themselves to some of the major themes in the history of the tortuous and sometimes tortured relations between the British imperial metropolis and the Caribbean slave islands in these years of major change.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History

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The Indian Frontier 1846-1890 by Robert M. Utley

The Indian Frontier of the American West, 1846-1890 (Histories of the American Frontier) by Robert M. Utley
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Overview: The dramatic events of the final half-century of conflict between Indians and whites in the American West are presented here as a history of two peoples seemingly destined never to understand each other. Utley interprets this conflict from a dual perspective: re-creating events from the Indian viewpoint while also providing an objective appraisal of why the nineteenth-century white man acted as he did. This even-handed approach to a tragic period of American history results in a memorable study of impressive scope and penetrating insight.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History

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