West Indies Accounts: Essays on the History of the British Caribbean and the Atlantic Economy

West Indies Accounts: Essays on the History of the British Caribbean and the Atlantic Economy

West Indies Accounts: Essays on the History of the British Caribbean and the Atlantic Economy

West Indies Accounts: Essays on the History of the British Caribbean and the Atlantic Economy

Synopsis

This collection examines the history of the British Caribbean and the Atlantic economy from the seventeenth to the nineteenth century. The articles include analyses of British West Indian trade within the context of the Atlantic economy, the social consequences of the sugar plantation system under slavery, the domestic economy of the British Caribbean, and the transition from slavery to freedom in the British West Indies.

Excerpt

At the twenty-fifth annual conference of the Association of Caribbean Historians (ACH) held at the Mona campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI) in March 1993, a group of Richard Sheridan's colleagues, former students, and fellow-Caribbeanists, including Richard Lobdell, Arnold Sio, Barry Higman, Howard Johnson and myself, decided that the best way to recognize his distinguished contribution to Caribbean historiography, and to mark his recent retirement as Professor of Economic History at the University of Kansas, would be to compile a volume of essays in his honour. It is most fitting that presentation to Professor Sheridan of West Indies Accounts. Essays on the History of the British Caribbean and the Atlantic Economy in Honour of Richard Sheridan will take place during the twenty-eighth meeting of the ACH at the UWI Cave Hill campus in April 1996, since his connections with both the university and the organization have been extensive and enduring. It is also appropriate that The Press University of the West Indies publish the volume. The historiographical tradition associated with Dick Sheridan's work is central to the first-rate catalogue of scholarship established by the press which, in 1994, reprinted Dick pioneering study, Sugar and Slavery. An Economic History of the British West Indies, 1623-1775.

These layers of connection with the British Caribbean echo Dick's involvement with the region throughout his academic career. He developed an interest in British West Indian history as a postgraduate student at the London School of Economics (LSE), and thereafter the topic has been the principal focus of his research. Although he spent most of his academic career teaching in his native state of Kansas, landlocked in the midwestern United States, he has travelled extensively throughout the West Indies, beginning with active service in the United States Navy during World War Two, and subsequently at the rather more measured pace of the scholar, conducting research and attending conferences. Dick has also taught in the Caribbean, as a Visiting Professor at the UWI St. Augustine campus and at the University of the Virgin Islands, has served as an External Examiner for the UWI Department of History, and in 1987 . . .

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