Why Did the British Abolish the Slave Trade? Econocide Revisited

  title={Why Did the British Abolish the Slave Trade? Econocide Revisited},
  author={James Walvin},
  journal={Slavery \& Abolition},
  pages={583 - 588}
  • J. Walvin
  • Published 1 December 2011
  • History
  • Slavery & Abolition
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