Inikori, Joseph E.(J.E. Inikori) PERSONAL:Education: Graduated from University of SES:Office—Department of History, Rush Rhees Library . Loading data.. Open Bottom Panel. Go to previous Content Download this Content Share this Content Add This Content to Favorites Go to next Content. ← →. Joseph Inikori’s purpose is to demonstrate the contribution of Africans to the innovation and diffusion of new technologies in England, which resulted in the shift.

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Inikori, Joseph E.

Editor, with Stanley L. Engerman The Atlantic Slave Trade: Unomah The Chaining of a Continent: Africans and the Industrial Revolution in England: Inikori is an economic historian whose best-known book is Africans and the Industrial Revolution in England: A Study in Interna- tional Trade and Economic Development, which Gareth Austin, writing in the Journal of African History, called “a magnum opus,” and “a landmark contribution by an African historian to the study of British and Atlantic economic history.

Central to his argument is a discussion of previous scholarly works on the topic, which Inikori believes fall victim to trendy theories rather than objectively interpret available data. The book’s main thesis is that the Industrial Revolution relied on African labor, both in England and in the colonies.

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Slavery was a major component of this; it enabled increased demand for goods to be met with an increase in innovations that led to productivity gains. African colonies also supplied Britain with valuable raw materials, such inioori fabric dyes and gum.

In return, West Africa became a prime export market for finished ojseph such as wool, metal, and cotton.

Jpseph British colonies in America, fueled by rich natural resources, became economic powerhouses as the population increased. The transportation necessary to fuel this economic expansion, both in terms of goods and slaves, made shipbuilding and shipping booming industries.

The primary market for these British-produced goods was not Britain, however; it was the Americas and other colonized countries, but high tariffs and taxes brought the money back to the homeland.

Inikori’s book received high praise from a number of critics, including John Darwin, who wrote in Albion that Africans and the Industrial Revolution is a “densely argued, learned, and important book.

Frank concluded that “apart from the author’s exaggerated claims about its uniqueness, his book makes a valuable and necessary contribution to our knowledge and understanding of the past and present world. Along with Stanley L. Effects on Economies, Societies, and Peoples in Africa, the Americas, and Europe, a well-received collection of essays from a conference on the Atlantic slave trade. The winners were Western Europe and the Americas. Many of the essays focus on the economics of slavery, rather than the social costs, or explain how the economics of the situation resulted in a specific social situation.


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