Rethinking the fall of the planter class

Petley, Christer (2012) Rethinking the fall of the planter class. [in special issue: Rethinking the Fall of the Planter Class] Atlantic Studies, 9, (1), 1-17. (doi:10.1080/14788810.2012.636991).


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This issue of Atlantic Studies began life as a one-day conference held at Chawton House Library in Hampshire, UK, and funded by the University of Southampton. The conference aimed, like this issue, to bring together scholars currently working on the history of the British West Indian planter class in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and to discuss how, when, and why the fortunes of the planters went into decline. As this introduction notes, the difficulties faced by the planter class in the British West Indies from the 1780s onwards were an early episode in a wider drama of decline for New World plantation economies. The American historian Lowell Ragatz published the first detailed historical account of their fall. His work helped to inform the influential arguments of Eric Williams, which were later challenged by Seymour Drescher. Recent research has begun to offer fresh perspectives on the debate about the decline of the planters, and this collection brings together articles taking a variety of new approaches to the topic, encompassing economic, political, cultural, and social history

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1080/14788810.2012.636991
ISSNs: 1478-8810 (print)
Keywords: planters, slavery, caribbean, abolitionism, decline theory
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
E History America > E11 America (General)
Divisions : Faculty of Humanities > History
ePrint ID: 200395
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
March 2012Published
12 January 2012Made publicly available
Date Deposited: 24 Oct 2011 16:23
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 13:45
Rethinking the Decline of the British-Caribbean Planter Class: A Case Study of Simon Taylor of Jamaica, 1760 - 1813
Funded by: Arts and Humanities Research Council (AH/I027290/1)
Led by: Christer Petley
3 October 2011 to 31 July 2012

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