Cambridge University Press has published the concluding volume of its four-volume World History of Slavery project. The final volume features essays by three scholars who serve as Academic Advisors to the Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization (AHI) as well as an essay by AHI Executive Director and Charter Fellow Robert Paquette.

AHI Academic Advisers Stanley L. Engerman (John Munro Professor of Economics, University of Rochester) and Seymour Drescher (Distinguished University Professor Emeritus, University of Pittsburgh) teamed with two other scholars to edit the 700-page volume and contributed essays on “US Slavery and Its Aftermath, 1804-2000” and “European Antislavery:  From Empires of Slavery to Global Prohibition,” respectively.  Peter Coclanis (Albert Ray Newsome Distinguished Professor, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill) contributed an essay “The American Civil War and Its Aftermath.”  Paquette covered the topic of “Slave Resistance.”

“This volume includes essays by scholars who have spent much of their adult lives studying slavery from a global perspective,” said Paquette.  “No one knows more on the history of comparative slavery than Stanley Engerman, one of the most important economic historians of his generation.  Seymour Drescher is one of the foremost scholars on the history of antislavery and abolition.  Peter Coclanis, a dear friend of the AHI, ranks as one of the foremost economic historians of his generation.  I feel honored by the inclusion in the volume of my essay on slave resistance. Even specialists will be challenged by the depth and range of this volume.”