The Interest

Taylor, Michael

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In 1807, Parliament outlawed the slave trade in the British Empire, but for the next quarter of a century, despite heroic and bloody rebellions, more than 700,000 people in the British colonies remained in slavery. And when a renewed abolitionist campaign was mounted, making slave ownership the defining political and moral issue of the day, emancipation was fiercely resisted by the powerful ‘West India Interest’. Drawing on major new research, this long-overdue and ground-breaking history shows that the triumph of abolition was also one of the darkest episodes in British history, revealing the lengths to which British leaders went to defend the indefensible in the name of profit.

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SHORTLISTED FOR THE ORWELL PRIZE FOR POLITICAL WRITING

A DAILY TELEGRAPH BOOK OF THE YEAR

For two hundred years, the abolition of slavery in Britain has been a cause for self-congratulation – but no longer.

In 1807, Parliament outlawed the slave trade in the British Empire. But for the next 25 years more than 700,000 people remained enslaved, due to the immensely powerful pro-slavery group the ‘West India Interest’.

This ground-breaking history discloses the extent to which the ‘Interest’ were supported by nearly every figure of the British establishment fighting, not to abolish slavery, but to maintain it for profit. Gripping and unflinching, The Interest is the long-overdue exposé of one of Britain’s darkest, most turbulent times.

‘A critical piece of history and a devastating exposé’ Shashi Tharoor, author of Inglorious Empire

‘Thoroughly researched and potent’ David Lammy MP

‘Essential reading’ Simon Sebag Montefiore

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Weight 344 g
Dimensions 197 × 130 × 26 mm
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Cover

Paperback

Pages

xvii, 382 , 16 unnumbered of plates

Language

English

Edition
Dewey

306.3620941 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K