Capitalism and Slavery - Penguin Modern Classics

Third edition

Paperback (24 Feb 2022)

Save $0.88

  • RRP $12.74
  • $11.86
Add to basket

Includes delivery to the United States

10+ copies available online - Usually dispatched within 7 days

Publisher's Synopsis

'It's often said that books are compulsory reading, but this book really is compulsory. You cannot understand slavery, or British Empire, without it' Sathnam Sanghera

Arguing that the slave trade was at the heart of Britain's economic progress, Eric Williams's landmark 1944 study revealed the connections between capitalism and racism, and has influenced generations of historians ever since.


Williams traces the rise and fall of the Atlantic slave trade through the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries to show how it laid the foundations of the Industrial Revolution, and how racism arose as a means of rationalising an economic decision. Most significantly, he showed how slavery was only abolished when it ceased to become financially viable, exploding the myth of emancipation as a mark of Britain's moral progress.

'Its thesis is a starting point for a new generation of scholarship' New Yorker

Book information

ISBN: 9780241548165
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Imprint: Penguin Classics
Pub date:
Edition: Third edition
DEWEY: 338.0941
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Sales rank: 9685
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 226g
Height: 129mm
Width: 196mm
Spine width: 27mm