This thoughtful book explores the contested relationship between slavery and capitalism. Tracing slavery's integral role in the formation of a capitalist world economy, Dale W. Tomich reinterprets the development of the world economy through the "prism of slavery." Through a sustained critique of Marxism, world-systems theory, and new economic history, the author develops an original conceptual framework for answering theoretical and historical questions about the nexus between slavery and the world economy.
Dale W. Tomich is professor of sociology and history at Binghamton University.
Part I: Slavery in the World Economy Chapter 1: Capitalism, Slavery, and World Economy: Historical Theory and Theoretical History Chapter 2: World of Capital, Worlds of Labor: A Global Perspective Chapter 3: The "Second Slavery": Bonded Labor and the Transformation of the Nineteenth-Century World Economy Part II: The Global in the Local Chapter 4: World Slavery and Caribbean Capitalism: The Cuban Sugar Industry, 1760-1868 Chapter 5: Spaces of Slavery: Times of Freedom-Rethinking Caribbean History in World Perspective Chapter 6: Small Islands and Huge Comparisons: Caribbean Plantations, Historical Unevenness, and Capitalist Modernity Part III: Work, Time, and Resistance: Shifting the Terms of Confrontation Chapter 7: White Days, Black Days: The Working Day and the Crisis of Slavery in the French Caribbean Chapter 8: Une Petite Guinee: Provision Ground and Plantation in Martinique-Integration, Adaptation, and Appropriation Chapter 9: Contested Terrains: Houses, Provision Grounds, and the Reconstitution of Labor in Postemancipation Martinique