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The Overthrow of Colonial Slavery by Robin Blackburn

The Overthrow of Colonial Slavery

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The Overthrow of Colonial Slavery by Robin Blackburn
Apr 18, 2011 | ISBN 9781844674756
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    Apr 18, 2011 | ISBN 9781844674756

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“A challenge to those who fondly suppose that slavery declined as ideas of Western ‘enlightenment’ spread … Blackburn deserves praise for undermining complacency about the past—and the present.”—Christopher Hitchens, New York Newsday

“Blackburn’s highly intelligent and well-written book is a substantial contribution. In this story the central event is the French Revolution.”—Victor Kiernen, London Review of Books

“An incisive synthesis of developments in North America, the Caribbean and Latin America. Blackburn’s book is bold and original.”—Richard Dunn, Times Literary Supplement

“One of the finest studies of slavery and abolition to appear in many years.”—Eric Foner, Dissident

“The first historian since Eric Williams to present a comprehensive interpretation. But Blackburn, profiting from and admirably synthesizing the vast scholarship produced since Capitalism and Slavery (1944), is far less rigid and doctrinaire, much more attuned to the workings of politics. Unlike Williams, he includes slavery throughout the Western hemisphere.”—David Brion Davis, New York Review of Books

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