Item description for Plantation Jamaica, 1750-1850: Capital And Control In A Colonial Economy by 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. Detailed case studies compare the attorney Simon Taylor's management of Golden Grove Estate in the decade before the American Revolution and Isaac Jackson's control of Montpelier in the years immediately following the abolition of slavery. These examples provide a wealth of information about plantation life and labour, technology, trade, investments and profits. 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, which makes the work accessible to Atlantic and Caribbean historians and to general readers as well. This book is critical in the ongoing historiographical debate about the impact of absenteeism in Jamaica, Great Britain's largest sugar-exporting colony. The sophisticated economic and social analysis reveals how managers, overseers and owners constructed an efficient value system, which permitted ethical behaviour among themselves yet perpetuated the brutal exploitation of plantation workers, enslaved and free.
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Studio: University of the West Indies Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.9" Width: 7.3" Height: 1.4" Weight: 2 lbs.
Release Date Sep 30, 2005
Publisher University of West Indies Press
ISBN 9766401659 ISBN13 9789766401658
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More About B. W. Higman
B. W. Higman is the William Keith Hancock Professor of History at the Australian National University. He is the author of ten books on Caribbean history, archaeology and geography, including Slave Population and Economy in Jamaica, 1807 1834 (1976, Cambridge University Press, awarded the Bancroft Prize), Plantation Jamaica 1750 1850: Capital and Control in a Colonial Economy (2005) and Jamaican Food: History, Biology, Culture (2008). Higman is Professor Emeritus of the University of the West Indies, Mona campus, Jamaica.
B. W. Higman was born in 1943 and has an academic affiliation as follows - Australian National University, Australia Australian National Universi.
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Meticulous study of plantation management Aug 22, 2006
The title doesn't quite convey the essence of the work. Higman's monograph is an encyclopedically detailed study of plantation management in eighteenth and early nineteenth-century Jamaica, focusing in particular on the role of "planting attorneys," who stood in for absentee proprietors. He draws some parallels to estate management in England, Ireland, and the U.S. South, and readers knowledgeable about those regions will find this work interesting. The second half of the book includes lengthy biographical sketches of two Jamaican planting attorneys, one who was active in the mid to late 18c, and one who was active in the early 19c. The book is well-written and concise, but its abstruse subject matter will daunt most general readers; it's really a book for scholars.