Cul de Sac: Patrimony, Capitalism, and Slavery in French by Paul Cheney PDF

By Paul Cheney

In the eighteenth century, the Cul de Sac undeniable in Saint-Domingue, now Haiti, used to be an enormous open-air workhouse of sugar plantations. This microhistory of 1 plantation owned via the Ferron de l. a. Ferronnayses, a kin of Breton nobles, attracts on notable archival unearths to teach that regardless of the wealth such plantations produced, they operated in a context of social, political, and environmental fragility that left them susceptible and situation prone.

Focusing on correspondence among the Ferronnayses and their plantation managers, Cul de Sac proposes that the Caribbean plantation method, with its reliance on factory-like construction strategies and hugely built-in markets, was a rather glossy expression of eighteenth-century capitalism. however it rested on a starting place of monetary and political traditionalism that stymied progress and edition. the end result used to be a process heading towards cave in as planters, dealing with a chain of bigger crises within the French empire, vainly tried to rein within the inherent violence and instability of the slave society they'd outfitted. In recuperating the misplaced global of the French Antillean plantation, Cul de Sac finally unearths how the capitalism of the plantation complicated persevered now not as a dynamic resource of development, yet from the inertia of a degenerate method headed down an financial and ideological useless end.

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