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About the Author
Matthew Parker was born in Central America and spent part of his childhood in the West Indies, acquiring a lifelong fascination with the history of the region. He is the author of Panama Fever, the story of the building of the Panama Canal, and Monte Cassino: The Hardest Fought Battle of World War II. He lives in London.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"Gripping ... a compendium of greed, horrible ingenuity and wickedness, but also a fascinating and thoughtful social history"--William Dalrymple, author of White Mughals
"Matthew Parker's admirable and frequently gripping book ... charts the Caribbean islands' profound effect on both British and wider European and African history ... he has the most extraordiary material at his disposal"--Andrew Holgate, The Sunday Times
"In The Sugar Barons, Parker provides a glittery history of the British impresarios, heiresses and remittance men involved in Caribbean slavery... racy, well-researched history... The Sugar Barons provides eloquent testimony to the mercantile greed of a few and manifest misery endured by millions in the pursuit of sweetness"--Ian Thomson, Guardian
"Fabulously researched, the diary entries, letters and papers reveal a staggering level of corruption and cruelty. But despite the soap opera potential of the truly scandalous tales, Parker refuses to sweeten his matter-of-fact prose style for the casual page-burner. Instead he construct, piece by piece, what amounts to a compelling prosecution of the slavery and Imperial greed that left a shocking legacy in the region"--Wanderlust
"Compelling, wonderful ... The Sugar Barons is an exemplary book; history as it should be written."--Andrea Stuart, Independent
"Able and well-researched... As Matthew Parker's engaging book demonstrates, by 1750 the sugar trade, like gas and oil today, had infiltrated so many aspects of national life that it has become a power in the land in its own right. Politicians courted it and men died in its service. It had become a national necessity."--Literary Review --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- File Size : 3970 KB
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- Print Length : 484 pages
- ASIN : B005C4AI06
- Publisher : Cornerstone Digital (31 July 2011)
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
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- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Language: : English
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The elements of the slave trade are explained and there is a section on the growth of buccaneering and piracy. This later subject had me recalling books I had read as a child and it was wonderful to see some of these larger than life characters in the pages of a serious history book.
Perhaps some of the most interesting parts of the book relate to the interplay and mutual dependence between the West Indies and the North American colonies, and why during the 17th and 18th centuries the West Indies appeared to be the more valuable to Britain. The early factors which sowed the seeds of rebellion in North America, the Navigation Act, the Molasses Act and other trade restrictions, not to mention the removal of the French threat from Canada, are interesting and show that there was more to this than is often represented by just the `Boston Tea Party'. Unfortunately the all too familiar story of British government incompetence and misjudgement plays a major role. The story of filial squandering of hard earned sugar fortunes also makes for depressing reading.
This book can be quite heavy going at times and might have been an easier read had some of the sections on minor and rather inconsequential characters been omitted, however, it must be very difficult to discard hard won research. Nevertheless this is an illuminating read and throws quite a different slant on early English colonial history.
It totally opened my eyes on the sugar and slave trade as well as the west Indies and their personalities.
Proper research work gone into it.
Amazed by it through out the book.
Hence **** not *****
The politics of the European powers : the development of the New World : the shenanigans of the traders/pirates all bundled up in this book make it very readable.
There are a few people who deserve some credit for what they did but one is left with the feeling that this is just another episode of colonialism of which we should be ashamed of - but this does not exclusively mean the English. It includes the Spanish : French : Dutch : Portuguese & to a lesser extent the New Englanders.
After finishing the book I even wondered about the justification of visiting the Tate gallery knowing that the root of the finance is tainted from several centuries ago.