The Numbers Game and the Profitability of the British Trade in Slaves


Journal Article

More than a century after its termination the slave trade in Africa remains a controversial topic. In particular, disputes continue to wax strong over the profitability of the Atlantic slave trade, on three major dimensions: first, the degree of competition characteristic of the market in slaves; second, the typical magnitude of the rate of profit achieved by enterprises engaged in the “peculiar” industry; third, the status of Eric Williams's hypothesis on the contribution of the slave trade to European industrialization.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Darity, W

Published Date

  • September 1985

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 45 / 03

Start / End Page

  • 693 - 703

Published By

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1471-6372

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0022-0507

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1017/s0022050700034616


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