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Cul de Sac : patrimony, capitalism, and slavery in French Saint-Domingue

Author: Paul Burton Cheney
Publisher: Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, ©2017 2017.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Présentation de l'éditeur : "In the eighteenth century, the Cul de Sac plain in Saint-Domingue, now Haiti, was a vast open-air workhouse of sugar plantations. This microhistory of one plantation owned by the Ferron de la Ferronnayses, a family of Breton nobles, draws on remarkable archival finds to show that despite the wealth such plantations produced, they operated in a context of social, political, and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Paul Burton Cheney
ISBN: 9780226079356 022607935X
OCLC Number: 988775636
Description: 1 v. (VII-264 p.) : illustrations, cartes, jaquette illustrations en coul. ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction : the colonial Cul de Sac --
Province and colony --
Production and investment --
Humanity and interest --
War and profit --
Husband and wife --
Revolution and cultivation --
Evacuation and indemnity --
Epilogue.
Responsibility: Paul Cheney.

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Présentation de l'éditeur : "In the eighteenth century, the Cul de Sac plain in Saint-Domingue, now Haiti, was a vast open-air workhouse of sugar plantations. This microhistory of one plantation owned by the Ferron de la Ferronnayses, a family of Breton nobles, draws on remarkable archival finds to show that despite the wealth such plantations produced, they operated in a context of social, political, and environmental fragility that left them weak and crisis prone. Focusing on correspondence between the Ferronnayses and their plantation managers, Cul de Sac proposes that the Caribbean plantation system, with its reliance on factory-like production processes and highly integrated markets, was a particularly modern expression of eighteenth-century capitalism. But it rested on a foundation of economic and political traditionalism that stymied growth and adaptation. The result was a system heading toward collapse as planters, facing a series of larger crises in the French empire, vainly attempted to rein in the inherent violence and instability of the slave society they had built. In recovering the lost world of the French Antillean plantation, Cul de Sac ultimately reveals how the capitalism of the plantation complex persisted not as a dynamic source of progress, but from the inertia of a degenerate system headed down an economic and ideological dead end."

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