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Drescher, Seymour

Works: 67 works in 298 publications in 2 languages and 12,956 library holdings
Genres: History  Cross-cultural studies  Conference papers and proceedings  Records and correspondence 
Roles: Author, Editor, win, Author of introduction, Other
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Most widely held works by Seymour Drescher
Econocide : British slavery in the era of abolition by Seymour Drescher( )

26 editions published between 1977 and 2010 in English and held by 1,913 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Klappentext der 2. Auflage: In this classic analysis and refutation of Eric Williams's 1944 thesis, Seymour Drescher argues that Britain's abolition of the slave trade in 1807 resulted not from the diminishing value of slavery for Great Britain but instead from the British public's mobilization against the slave trade, which forced London to commit what Drescher terms "econocide." This action, he argues, was detrimental to Britain's economic interests at a time when British slavery was actually at the height of its potential. Originally published in 1977, Drescher's work was instrumental in undermining the economic determinist interpretation of abolitionism that had dominated historical discourse for decades following World War II. For this second edition, which includes a foreword by David Brion Davis, Drescher has written a new preface, reflecting on the historiography of the British slave trade since this book's original publication
Abolition : a history of slavery and antislavery by Seymour Drescher( Book )

16 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 1,868 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In one form or another, slavery has existed throughout the world for millennia. It helped to change the world, and the world transformed the institution. In the 1450s, when Europeans from the small corner of the globe least enmeshed in the institution first interacted with peoples of other continents, they created, in the Americas, the most dynamic, productive, and exploitative system of coerced labor in human history. Three centuries later these same intercontinental actions produced a movement that successfully challenged the institution at the peak of its dynamism. Within another century a new surge of European expansion constructed Old World empires under the banner of antislavery. However, twentieth-century Europe itself was inundated by a new system of slavery, larger and more deadly than its earlier system of New World slavery. This book examines these dramatic expansions and contractions of the institution of slavery and the impact of violence, economics, and civil society in the ebb and flow of slavery and antislavery during the last five centuries
The mighty experiment : free labor vs. slavery in British emancipation by Seymour Drescher( )

24 editions published between 2002 and 2004 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,652 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"By the mid-eighteenth century, the transatlantic slave trade was considered to be a necessary and stabilizing factor in the capitalist economies of Europe and the expanding Americas. Britain was the most influential power in this system which seemed to have the potential for unbounded growth. In 1833, the British empire became the first to liberate its slaves and then to become a driving force toward global emancipation. There has been endless debate over the reasons behind this decision. This has been portrayed on the one hand as a rational disinvestment in a foundering overseas system, and on the other as the most expensive per capita expenditure for colonial reform in modern history." "In this work, Seymour Drescher argues that the plan to end British slavery, rather than being a timely escape from a failing system, was, on the contrary, the crucial element in the greatest humanitarian achievement of all time. The Mighty Experiment explores how politicians, colonial bureaucrats, pamphleteers, and scholars taking anti-slavery positions validated their claims through rational scientific arguments going beyond moral and polemical rhetoric, and how the infiltration of the social sciences into this political debate was designed to minimize agitation on both sides and provide common ground." "This study outlines the relationship of economic growth to moral issues in regard to slavery, and will appeal to scholars of British history, nineteenth century imperial history, the history of slavery, and those interested in the history of human rights."--BOOK JACKET
A historical guide to world slavery by Seymour Drescher( Book )

13 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and held by 1,218 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Eminent scholars provide an overview of what we now know about slavery as an institution and way of life in cultures around the globe from ancient times to the present day. Drawing on the virtual explosion of empirical research and theoretical discussion of the subject over the past thirty years, many of the articles overturn conventional wisdom and illuminate little-known aspects of the subject, with essays on topics such as concubinage, eunuchs, and occupational mobility
Dilemmas of democracy : Tocqueville and modernization by Seymour Drescher( Book )

17 editions published between 1968 and 2011 in English and held by 792 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Anti-slavery, religion, and reform : essays in memory of Roger Anstey( Book )

10 editions published in 1980 in English and held by 724 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Papers originally presented at a conference on religion, anti slavery, and reform held in the Rockefeller Centre at Bellagio, Italy, July 1978, and sponsored by the Rockefeller Foundation.Includes index. Includes bibliographical notes
Capitalism and antislavery : British mobilization in comparative perspective by Seymour Drescher( Book )

27 editions published between 1986 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 718 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tocqueville and England by Seymour Drescher( Book )

13 editions published in 1964 in English and held by 697 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Cambridge world history of slavery by David Eltis( Book )

11 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 536 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Most societies in the past have had slaves, and almost all peoples have at some time in their pasts been both slaves as well as owners of slaves. Recent decades have seen a significant increase in our understanding of the historical role played by slavery and wide interest across a range of academic disciplines in the evolution of the institution. Exciting and innovative research methodologies have been developed, and numerous fruitful debates generated. Further, the study of slavery has come to provide strong connections between academic research and the wider public interest at a time when such links have in general been weak. The Cambridge World History of Slavery responds to these trends by providing for the first time, in four volumes, a comprehensive global history of this widespread phenomenon from the ancient world to the present day. Volume I surveys the history of slavery in the ancient Mediterranean world. Although chapters are devoted to the ancient Near East and the Jews, its principal concern is with the societies of ancient Greece and Rome. These are often considered as the first examples in world history of genuine slave societies because of the widespread prevalence of chattel slavery, which is argued to have been a cultural manifestation of the ubiquitous violence in societies typified by incessant warfare"--Provided by publisher
From slavery to freedom : comparative studies in the rise and fall of Atlantic slavery by Seymour Drescher( Book )

13 editions published in 1999 in English and Undetermined and held by 520 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Spanning more than two decades of debate on slavery and antislavery, this provocative volume by leading historian Seymour Drescher provides an in-depth comparative analysis of the transatlantic slave trade and abolition movements of nineteenth-century Europe and the Americas, and their ongoing impact on twentieth-century politics and race relations."--Jacket
The Meaning of freedom : economics, politics, and culture after slavery by Frank McGlynn( Book )

13 editions published between 1992 and 2002 in English and held by 478 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Slavery( Book )

13 editions published between 2001 and 2009 in English and held by 476 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Exploring the economic, cultural and political role of slavery in different societies, this volume includes selections from historians, economists and contemporaries - from those enslaved as well as from free members of slave owning societies
Memoir on pauperism by Alexis de Tocqueville( Book )

6 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 323 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The 'Memoir on Pauperism' was written in 1835 immediately after Alexis de Tocqueville had completed the first volume of Democracy in America. It was based on his visit to England in 1833, where he found that one-sixth of the population had been reduced to reliance on poor relief at a cost approaching nearly one-fifth of total national expenditure." "Today, 17% of the population are reliant on income support - a strikingly similar proportion to Tocqueville's 1833 estimate - and if the other means-tested benefits are included the figure is 27%. In her introduction, Gertrude Himmelfarb, one of the foremost historians of the nineteenth century, shows the relevance of Tocqueville's insights for the modern debate about welfare reform in both Britain and America." "Tocqueville began the 'Memoir' with the paradox that the most impoverished countries in Europe, like Spain and Portugal, had few paupers; while England, the wealthiest country at the time, had many. It had happened, he argued, as an unforeseen consequence of good intentions. As wealth had grown, those who prospered were not prepared to tolerate hardship in their midst. But, in truth, the paradoxical result of this early experiment in compulsory state welfare was that beneficiaries were degraded by their reduction to dependency." "In contrast, Tocqueville believed, voluntary charity at its best established a 'moral tie' between giver and receiver and, instead of encouraging dishonesty and 'working the system', it sought to strengthen character and restore independence. Today, Himmelfarb writes, we can more than ever appreciate Tocqueville's criticism of 'government charity' as an 'entitlement'."--BOOK JACKET
Who abolished slavery : slave revolts and abolitionism : a debate with João Pedro Marques( Book )

7 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 287 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The past half-century has produced a mass of information regarding slave resistance, ranging from individual acts of disobedience to massive uprisings. Many of these acts of rebellion have been studied extensively, yet the ultimate goals of the insurgents remain open for discussion. Recently, several historians have suggested that slaves achieved their own freedom by resisting slavery, which counters the predominant argument that abolitionist pressure groups, parliamentarians, and the governmental and anti-governmental armies of the various slaveholding empires were the prime movers behind emancipation. Marques, one of the leading historians of slavery and abolition, argues that, in most cases, it is impossible to establish a direct relation between slaves' uprisings and the emancipation laws that would be approved in the western countries. Following this presentation, his arguments are taken up by a dozen of the most outstanding historians in this field. In a concluding chapter, Marques responds briefly to their comments and evaluates the degree to which they challenge or enhance his view"--Publisher description
Political symbolism in modern Europe : essays in honor of George L. Mosse( Book )

7 editions published in 1982 in English and held by 268 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tocqueville and Beaumont on social reform by Seymour Drescher( Book )

7 editions published in 1968 in English and held by 230 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pathways from slavery : British and colonial mobilizations in global perspective by Seymour Drescher( )

10 editions published between 2017 and 2018 in English and Undetermined and held by 79 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Seymour Drescher’s regular, deeply-thought and carefully nuanced arguments have periodically reshaped how we think of the subject of the history of slavery itself. He has discussed the impact of economic and cultural factors on human behaviour and has shown that historical evidence does not lead to easy answers. He has changed the way in which we now look at abolitionism and has destroyed the linear explanation of economic decline. This books gathers together some of Drescher’s key essays in the field."--Provided by publisher
The Abolition of slavery and the aftermath of emancipation in Brazil by Rebecca J Scott( )

1 edition published in 1988 in English and held by 69 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In May 1888 the Brazilian parliament passed, and Princess Isabel (acting for her father, Emperor Pedro II) signed, the lei aurea, or Golden Law, providing for the total abolition of slavery. Brazil thereby became the last "civilized nation" to part with slavery as a legal institution. The freeing of slaves in Brazil, as in other countries, may not have fulfilled all the hopes for improvement it engendered, but the final act of abolition is certainly one of the defining landmarks of Brazilian history. The articles presented here represent a broad scope of scholarly inquiry that covers developmen
Correspondance anglaise by Alexis de Tocqueville( Book )

1 edition published in 2003 in French and held by 27 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Confrontation : Paris, 1968( Visual )

3 editions published between 1970 and 2004 in English and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Documentary on the student and worker upheaval in France in May, 1968
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A historical guide to world slavery
Alternative Names
Drescher, S. 1934-

Drescher, Seymour I.

Seymour Drescher American historian

Seymour Drescher Amerikaans historicus

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Abolition : a history of slavery and antislaveryThe mighty experiment : free labor vs. slavery in British emancipationA historical guide to world slaveryCapitalism and antislavery : British mobilization in comparative perspectiveThe Cambridge world history of slaveryFrom slavery to freedom : comparative studies in the rise and fall of Atlantic slaverySlaveryMemoir on pauperismWho abolished slavery : slave revolts and abolitionism : a debate with João Pedro Marques