E. Wood's defence of Brenner/

Gary Maclennan g.maclennan at SPAMqut.edu.au
Mon Nov 6 22:18:37 MST 2000

At 23:00 6/11/00 -0500, you wrote:
>Yoshie et al
>Brenner's comment that we have to look at slavery in early Africa and class
>structures in early Africa to understandthe insignificance of the  Atlantic
>slave trade is -- in my view -- a thinly veiled recitation ofthe
>conservative Africanst view ( Thornto, Curtin)that Africans were natural
>slavers (Thornton: they valued wealth in slaves, not land) and were somehow
>"naturally" in a slave mode of production.
> >From which it follows that Eureopeans really weren't to blame for the
>African slave trade-- they just put slavery to productive use. I call these
>p[eople the "absolutionist hisaorians" because they absolve Euros of most
>of the blame for the horrors of trhe Atlantic salve trade and New World
>Jim B

  Nice to see you back Jim and as always such clarity!



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