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'Did Slavery Make Scotland Great?'

T. M. Devine, University of Edinburgh

Fri, March 26, 2010 | Prothro Theater, Harry Ransom Center

3:00 PM

The rapid industrial development of the Scottish economy in the eighteenth century had its economic base in the trade of tobacco, cotton, and sugar, all crops produced on American and Caribbean plantations that relied on slave labor.  But Scottish involvement went well beyond trade.  Many of the plantations that produced these commodities were owned by wealthy Scots.  The transformation of Scotland in the eighteenth century was brought about in part because of the Scots' intimate connections with transatlantic slave-based plantation economies.

T. M. Devine is the Sir William Fraser Professor of Scottish History at the University of Edinburgh, the first Chair (1908) established in the subject.  He has published nearly 30 books.  In 2003 he was awarded the Royal Gold Medal and is the only historian elected to all three national academies in the British Isles.  His articles include 'The Break-Up of Britain?  Scotland and the End of Empire', in Penultimate Adventures with Britannia.


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