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Plantation Jamaica, 1750-1850: Capital and Control in a Colonial Economy

B. W. Higman

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BRAND NEW, Plantation Jamaica, 1750-1850: Capital and Control in a Colonial Economy, B. W. Higman, "Plantation Jamaica" analyses the important but neglected role of the attorneys who managed estates, chiefly for absentee proprietors, and assesses their efficiency and impact on Jamaica during slavery and freedom. Meticulous research based on a variety of sources, including the attorneys' letters, plantation papers and slave registration records, provides rich quantitative and literary data describing the attorneys' role, status, range of activities and demographic characteristics. Higman charts both the extent of absentee ownership and the complex structure of the managerial hierarchy that stretched across the Atlantic. Higman also makes a unique contribution by investigating and describing several topics previously neglected including the postal service, the history of accounting and the role of attorneys in the British Isles. The writing style is clear, persuasive and elegant, and makes the work accessible to not only Atlantic and Caribbean historians but also to general readers. Bookseller Inventory # B9789766402099

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Title: Plantation Jamaica, 1750-1850: Capital and ...

Publisher: University of the West Indies Press

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"Plantation Jamaica" analyses the important but neglected role of the attorneys who managed estates, chiefly for absentee proprietors, and assesses their efficiency and impact on Jamaica during slavery and freedom. Meticulous research based on a variety of sources, including the attorneys' letters, plantation papers and slave registration records, provides rich quantitative and literary data describing the attorneys' role, status, range of activities and demographic characteristics. Higman charts both the extent of absentee ownership and the complex structure of the managerial hierarchy that stretched across the Atlantic. Higman also makes a unique contribution by investigating and describing several topics previously neglected including the postal service, the history of accounting and the role of attorneys in the British Isles. The writing style is clear, persuasive and elegant, and makes the work accessible to not only Atlantic and Caribbean historians but also to general readers.

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"Another major contribution by the author to West Indian history and the history of slavery ... a first-rate study, among the best recent writings on these topics."

"A sustained tour de force of superb scholarship that deals with an extremely important and hitherto lightly examined topic in Jamaican history in a way that will shape academic discourse on plantation Jamaica for a generation."

"Plantation Jamaica challenges earlier stereotypes and generalizations about attorneyship and plantation management in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The book is essential reading for scholars of Caribbean economic and business history, and it will surely take its place as a standard text against which future scholarship on this issue will be judged."

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