Saturday, June 27, 2009

Slavery- fresh links

Rothschild, the British investment bank, and Freshfields, a top law firm in the UK, are the latest prominent names to be linked to slavery through archival research, FT reports.

Determining Britain's links to slavery is important because it's not entirely true that innovation and the industrial revolution drove British and western growth and caused them to surge ahead of the rest of the world, including China and India. Slavery, with all its underlying brutality, was a factor although how much of a factor it was is contentious.

FT quotes a Britsh academic as saying, "“We need to fill the gaps between those who deny slavery’s role and those who believe Britain was built entirely on the blood of slaves. "

A book based on updated research is required methinks.

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