Slavery in the Circuit of Sugar, Second Edition: Martinique and the World-Economy, 1830-1848

Slavery in the Circuit of Sugar, Second Edition: Martinique and the World-Economy, 1830-1848

by Dale W. Tomich

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Traces the historical development of slave labor and plantation agriculture in nineteenth-century Martinique.

A classic text long out of print, Slavery in the Circuit of Sugar traces the historical development of slave labor and plantation agriculture in Martinique during the period immediately preceding slave emancipation in 1848. Interpreting these events against the broader background of the world-economy, Dale W. Tomich analyzes the importance of topics such as British hegemony in the nineteenth century, related developments of the French economy, and competition from European beet sugar producers. He shows how slaves’ adaptation—and resistance—to changing working conditions transformed the plantation labor regime and the very character of slavery itself. Based on archival sources in France and Martinique, Slavery in the Circuit of Sugar offers a vivid reconstruction of the complex and contradictory interrelations among the world market, the material processes of sugar production, and the social relations of slavery. In this second edition, Tomich includes a new introduction in which he offers an explicit discussion of the methodological and theoretical issues entailed in developing and extending the world-systems perspective and clarifies the importance of the approach for the study of particular histories.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781438459189
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 02/23/2016
Series: SUNY Series, Fernand Braudel Center Studies in Historical Social Science
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 526
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

Dale W. Tomich is Deputy Director of the Fernand Braudel Center for the Study of Economies, Historical Systems, and Civilizations, and Professor of Sociology and History at Binghamton University, State University of New York. He is the editor of New Frontiers of Slavery, also published by SUNY Press.

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Dale W. Tomich

Yesterday and Today: Revisiting the Work of Stanley J. Stein
Dale W. Tomich

Agency and Transnational Perspectives on the Constitution of Waged, Unfree, and Free Labor: The Role of Mobility in the Nineteenth Century
Yann Moulier Boutang

The Discovery of Progress in Cuba: Machines, Slaves, Businesses
José Antonio Piqueras

Antislavery and Nationalism on the Two Sides of the Atlantic: In Search of Forgotten Links between the Nineteenth-Century Americas and Europe
Enrico Dal Lago

African Labor in Guyana and the Expansion of the Second Slavery
Wazir Mohamed

On the Blurred Boundaries of Freedom: Liberated Africans in Cuba, 1817–1870
Inés Roldán de Montaud

Plantation Laboratories: Industrial Experiments in the Cuban Sugar Mill, 1830–1860
Daniel Rood

Slavery, Frontier, and Diplomatic Relations: Brazil-Uruguay, 1840–1860
Keila Grinberg & Rachel Caé

Ruling the Household: Masters and Domestic Slaves in the Paraíba Valley, Brazil, during the Nineteenth Century
Mariana Muaze

French Travelers and Journalists Debate the Lei do Ventre Livre of 1871
Claudia Santos

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