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Principles and Agents: The British Slave Trade and Its Abolition

David Richardson


Britain’s abolition of its slave trade in 1807 was a defining moment in modern history, yet it continues to excite controversy, in part because the nation dominated European trafficking of Africans to America in 1783–1807. Through an analysis of market conditions at the British, African, and West Indian points of the infamous triangular trade, as well as of issues of credit and of agency dilemma involved in their integration, this book seeks to explain that dominance. Though legally sanctioned and justified by contemporary mercantilist and racist ideologies, enslaving Africans was nonetheless ... More

Keywords: Abolition, Agents, Humanity, Identity, Principles, Slave, Trade

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2022 Print ISBN-13: 9780300250435
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2022 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300250435.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Richardson, author
University of Hull