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Edmund Burke and the British Empire in the West Indies: Wealth, Power, and Slavery

P. J. Marshall


In the later eighteenth century the West Indian sugar islands were a source of conspicuous wealth for some individuals and an important addition to the resources of Great Britain. They were generally reckoned to be the most valuable of Britain’s imperial possessions, a view which Burke fully endorsed. This book examines his long involvement with the West Indies, at a personal level through the ambitions of his brother and some of his closest friends, as a politician and what contemporaries called ‘a man of business’ in the management of a great national asset and in trying to win the support o ... More

Keywords: sugar, plantations, slaves, slave trade, West Indian interest, Rockingham party, abolition, American War, St Eustatius

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198841203
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198841203.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

P. J. Marshall, author
Professor Emeritus, King's College, London