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New publication by Christer Petley (ed) 'Rethinking the Fall of the Planter Class', special issue of Atlantic Studies

Published: 23 January 2012Origin: History
*Caption and acknowledgement below

This edition of Atlantic Studies began life as a one-day conference held at Chawton House Library, funded by Humanities, the Southampton Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies, and the Discipline of History.

 The conference aimed, like this volume, to bring together scholars currently working on the history of the British West-Indian planter class in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The decline of the planter class in the British West Indies from the 1780s onwards was an early episode in a wider drama of decline for New World plantation economies. This collection brings together articles taking a variety of new approaches to the topic, encompassing economic, political, cultural and social history.

Christer Petley (ed), ‘Rethinking the Fall of the Planter Class’, special issue of Atlantic Studies 9/1 (2012).


Christer Petley, ‘Rethinking the fall of the planter class’, 1-17.

Trevor Burnard, ‘Et in Arcadia ego: West Indian planters in glory, 1674–1784’, 19-40

David Beck Ryden, ‘Sugar, spirits, and fodder: The London West India interest and the glut of 1807–15’, 41-64.

Nicholas Draper, ‘The rise of a new planter class? Some countercurrents from British Guiana and Trinidad, 1807–33’, 65-83.

Christer Petley, ‘Gluttony, excess, and the fall of the planter class in the British Caribbean’, 85-106.

Daniel Livesay ‘The decline of Jamaica's interracial households and the fall of the planter class, 1733–1823’, 107-123.


*Image caption and acknowledgment

William Blake, “A Surinam Planter in his Morning Dress” (engraving based on a sketch by John Stedman), in John Stedman, Narrative of a Five Year’s Expedition against the Revolted Negroes of Surinam, vol. 2, facing 56. Courtesy of the Hartley Library Special Collections, University of Southampton.

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