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Professor's book subject of roundtable

Professor of History Joseph Inikori's prize-winning book Africans and the Industrial Revolution in England: A Study in International Trade and Economic Development will be the subject of a roundtable discussion on March 17. The event, which takes place in the Welles-Brown Room of Rush Rhees Library at 4 p.m., is sponsored by the Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African-American Studies.

The discussion will feature guests William Darity Jr., the Cary C. Boshamer Professor of Economics and director of the Institute of African American Research at the University of North Carolina; Javier Cuenca, professor of economics at the University of Waterloo; and Stanley Engerman, John Munro Professor of Economics at Rochester.

Inikori's book is considered a groundbreaking study and has received widespread attention from the academic community for its exploration of the impact of the slave-based Atlantic economy on such areas as shipping, financial institutions, the supply of African-produced raw materials, and the growth of markets for English manufactures. It is the first detailed study of the critical role of overseas trade in the Industrial Revolution, showing how the Atlantic trade involving Africa, the Americas, and Europe was central to England's industrialization.

In 2003, the book was honored with the American Historical Association's Leo Gershoy Award for "the most outstanding work in English on any aspect of the field of 17th- and 18th-century western European history." Among other honors, the book also won the 2003 African Studies Association Herskovits Prize for the most important scholarly work in African studies. Nuffield College, Oxford University, selected the work for its 2003 annual conference on newly published books in economic history "that are original, important, and have a broad sweep that will appeal to a wide range of social scientists and historians."

For more information, contact the Frederick Douglass Institute at x5-7235.

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