Plantation Societies in the Era of European Expansion, Hardback Book

Plantation Societies in the Era of European Expansion Hardback

Edited by Judy Bieber

Part of the An Expanding World: The European Impact on World History, 1450 to 1800 series


The emergence of a widespread 'plantation complex', in which slave labour produced crops such as sugar on large estates funded by European capital, was a phenomenon of the New World.

This book shows how the institution of slavery was transformed by the demand for labour in the Americas, to fill the gap between conquerors and vanquished Indians and to work in mines, workshops, ranches and, above all, on the new plantations that were established to exploit the empty lands.

The essays use quantitative methodology to draw conclusions about slave existence and demography, and examine the profitability and varying degrees of harshness of slave systems in different regions.

They also consider the questions of manumission and slave resistance.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 370 pages
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: General & world history
  • ISBN: 9780860785064



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