From Kevin O'Rourke


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  • Findlay, R. [1990], "The 'Triangular Trade' and the Atlantic Economy of the Eighteenth Century: A Simple General-Equilibrium Model," Essays in International Finance 177, International Finance Section, Department of Economics, Princeton University. (#)
  • Fogel, R. [1989], Without Consent or Contract: The Rise and Fall of American Slavery (Norton), Chapters 1, 7.
  • Mokyr, J. [1977], "Demand Vs. Supply in the Industrial Revolution," JEH 37(4): 981-1008.
  • Mokyr, J. [1993], "Editor's Introduction: The New Economic History and the Industrial Revolution," in J. Mokyr (ed.), The British Industrial Revolution: An Economic Perspective (Westview): 1-131, esp. 59-78.
  • O'Brien, P.K. [1982], "European Economic Development: The Contribution of the Periphery," EHR XXXV(1): 1-18. (#)
  • O'Brien, P.K. and S.L. Engerman [1991], "Exports and the Growth of the British Economy from the Glorious Revolution to the Peace of Amiens," in B.L. Solow (ed.), Slavery and the Rise of the Atlantic System (Cambridge): 177-209.
  • Solow, B.L. [1987], "Capitalism and Slavery in the Exceedingly Long Run," in B.L. Solow and S.L. Engerman (eds.), British Capitalism and Caribbean Slavery: The Legacy of Eric Williams (Cambridge University Press): 51-77. (*)
  • Thomas, R.P. and D.N. McCloskey [1981], "Overseas Trade and Empire 1700-1860," in R. Floud and D.N. McCloskey (eds.), The Economic History of Britain since 1700, Volume 1 (Cambridge): 87-102.

Writing Assignment:

So to what extent was Atlantic slavery a driver of the British industrial revolution?

Write a 200-500 essay on this topic. At least 18 hours before the class--by 6 PM PST on January 26, 2010--email your paper.

Thoughts, Notes, and Questions:

  • Why

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