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Blackburn, Robin

Works: 58 works in 449 publications in 5 languages and 8,793 library holdings
Genres: History  Records and correspondence  Cross-cultural studies 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Other, Originator
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Most widely held works by Robin Blackburn
The making of New World slavery : from the Baroque to the Modern, 1492-1800 by Robin Blackburn( Book )

41 editions published between 1996 and 2010 in English and held by 1,183 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"At the time when European powers colonized the New World the institution of slavery had almost disappeared from Europe itself. Having overcome an institution widely regarded as oppressive and unfortunate why did they sponsor the construction of racial slave systems in their new colonies? Robin Blackburn traces European doctrines of race and slavery from medieval times to the early modern epoch, and finds that the stigmatization of the ethno-religious Other was given a callous twist by a new culture of consumption, freed from an earlier moral economy. The Making of New World Slavery argues that independent commerce, geared to burgeoning consumer markets, was the driving force behind the rise of plantation slavery. The baroque state sought - successfully - to batten on this commerce, and - unsuccessfully - to regulate slavery and race. Successive chapters of the book consider the deployment of slaves in the colonial possessions of the Portuguese, the Spanish, the Dutch, the English and the French. Each are shown to have contributed something to the eventual consolidation of racial slavery and to the plantation revolution of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. It is shown that plantation slavery emerged from the impulses of civil society rather than from the strategies of the individual states. Robin Blackburn argues that the organization of slave plantations placed the West on a destructive path to modernity and that greatly preferable alternatives were both proposed and rejected. In the colonies the planters always had to reckon with the efforts of the enslaved to resist their fate and to construct the elements of a new creole identity. Finally he shows that the surge of Atlantic trade, premised on the killing toil of the plantations, made a decisive contribution to both the Industrial Revolution and the rise of the West."--Jacket
The overthrow of colonial slavery, 1776-1848 by Robin Blackburn( Book )

37 editions published between 1988 and 2011 in English and Portuguese and held by 928 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In 1770 a handful of European nations ruled the Americas, drawing from them a stream of products, both everyday and exotic. Some two and a half million black slaves, imprisoned in plantation colonies, toiled to produce the sugar, coffee, cotton, ginger and indigo craved by Europeans. By 1848 the major systems of colonial slavery had been swept away either by independence movements, slave revolts, abolitionists or some combination of all three. How did this happen? Robin Blackburn's history captures the complexity of a revolutionary age in a compelling narrative. In some cases colonial rule fell while slavery flourished, as happened in the South of the United States and in Brazil; elsewhere slavery ended but colonial rule remained, as in the British West Indies and French Windwards. But in French St. Domingue, the future Haiti, and in Spanish South and Central America both colonialism and slavery were defeated. This story of slave liberation and American independence highlights the pivotal role of the "first emancipation" in the French Antilles in the 1790s, the parallel actions of slave resistance and metropolitan abolitionism, and the contradictory implications of slaveholder patriotism. The dramatic events of this epoch are examined from an unexpected vantage point, showing how the torch of anti-slavery passed from the medieval communes to dissident Quakers, from African maroons to radical pirates, from Granville Sharp and Ottabah Cuguano to Toussaint L'Ouverture, from the black Jacobins to the Liberators of South America, and from the African Baptists in Jamaica to the Revolutionaries of 1848 in Europe and the Caribbean."--Publisher's description
The American crucible : slavery, emancipation and human rights by Robin Blackburn( Book )

12 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 718 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A history of the rise and abolition of slavery in the Americas covers such topics as the plantation revolution of the seventeenth century, the emergence of anti-slavery thought, and the contributions of such figures as Thomas Paine and Frederick Douglass
Towards socialism by Perry Anderson( Book )

30 editions published between 1965 and 1966 in English and held by 716 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This collection of 11 essays explore some of the crucial questions that British socialism faced in the 1960s
Ideology in social science; readings in critical social theory by Robin Blackburn( Book )

64 editions published between 1972 and 1979 in 3 languages and held by 691 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Student power: problems, diagnosis, action by Alexander Cockburn( Book )

23 editions published between 1969 and 1970 in English and held by 673 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After the fall : the failure of communism and the future of socialism( Book )

13 editions published in 1991 in English and Undetermined and held by 654 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Banking on death : or, investing in life : the history and future of pensions by Robin Blackburn( Book )

16 editions published between 2001 and 2006 in English and held by 488 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Banking on Death offers a panoramic view of the history and future of pension provision. It traces the origins and development of the pension idea, from the days of the French Revolution to the troubles of the modern welfare state." "As we live longer, employers are closing their pension schemes and many claim that public treasuries will not be able to cope with the retirement of the babyboomers. Banking on Death analyses the challenge facing public schemes and the malfunctioning of private retirement provision, concluding with a bold proposal for how to pay for decent pensions for all."--BOOK JACKET
Revolution and class struggle : a reader in Marxist politics by Robin Blackburn( Book )

32 editions published between 1977 and 1978 in 3 languages and held by 410 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Age shock : how finance is failing us by Robin Blackburn( Book )

9 editions published between 2006 and 2011 in English and held by 359 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The last few years have shown how badly the financial services industry performs as a custodian of savings and pension funds. The "skimming" of US mutual funds, the see-saw of the stock markets and a string of business scandals from Enron to Parmalat have wiped billions from the savings of employees on both sides of the Atlantic. They have also exposed the absence of responsibility at the heart of what Robin Blackburn calls 'grey capitalism.' Here, Blackburn takes forward the argument of his acclaimed Banking on Death and explains why attempts to meet the costs of the ageing society through a proliferation of financial products are doomed to fail and have a host of unfortunate side-effects. In fact, 'financial engineering, ' as it is called, has enabled corporations to escape taxation while allowing a new breed of chief executive to accumulate extravagant fortunes at the expense of shareholder and employee alike. -- Book jacket
Explosion in a subcontinent : India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Ceylon by Robin Blackburn( Book )

13 editions published in 1975 in English and held by 307 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Includes chapters on Ceylon
Strategy for revolution by Régis Debray( Book )

23 editions published between 1969 and 1973 in English and held by 253 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Marx and Lincoln : an unfinished revolution by Robin Blackburn( Book )

15 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 241 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Karl Marx and Abraham Lincoln exchanged letters at the end of the Civil War. Although they were divided by far more than the Atlantic Ocean, they agreed on the cause of "free labor" and the urgent need to end slavery. In his introduction, Robin Blackburn argues that Lincoln's response signaled the importance of the German American community and the role of the international communists in opposing European recognition of the Confederacy. The ideals of communism, voiced through the International Working Men's Association, attracted many thousands of supporters throughout the US, and helped spread the demand for an eight-hour day. Blackburn shows how the IWA in America - born out of the Civil War - sought to radicalize Lincoln's unfinished revolution and to advance the rights of labor, uniting black and white, men and women, native and foreign-born. The International contributed to a profound critique of the capitalist robber barons who enriched themselves during and after the war, and it inspired an extraordinary series of strikes and class struggles in the postwar decades. In addition to a range of key texts and letters by both Lincoln and Marx, this book includes articles from the radical New York-based journal Woodhull and Claflin's Weekly, an extract from Thomas Fortune's classic work on racism Black and White, Frederick Engels on the progress of US labor in the 1880s, and Lucy Parson's speech at the founding of the Industrial Workers of the World
The incompatibles: trade union militancy and the consensus by Robin Blackburn( Book )

17 editions published between 1967 and 1982 in English and held by 197 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Los conquistados : 1492 y la población indígena de las Américas by Robin Blackburn( Book )

7 editions published in 1992 in Spanish and held by 64 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The social Europe we need( Book )

1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 59 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Después de la caída : el fracaso del comunismo y el futuro del socialismo( Book )

5 editions published between 1993 and 1994 in Spanish and held by 36 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ideología y ciencias sociales by Robin Blackburn( Book )

7 editions published between 1976 and 1977 in Spanish and held by 29 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Poder estudiantil : problemas, diagnósticos, actos by Alexander Cockburn( Book )

7 editions published between 1969 and 1971 in Spanish and held by 19 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

El futuro del sistema de pensiones : crisis financiera y estado del bienestar by Robin Blackburn( Book )

6 editions published between 2010 and 2014 in Spanish and held by 18 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The making of New World slavery : from the Baroque to the Modern, 1492-1800
Alternative Names
Blackburn, Robin

Robin Blackburn British historian

Robin Blackburn Brits historicus

Robin Blackburn historiador británico

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The overthrow of colonial slavery, 1776-1848The American crucible : slavery, emancipation and human rightsBanking on death : or, investing in life : the history and future of pensionsAge shock : how finance is failing usMarx and Lincoln : an unfinished revolution