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The colonial sinews of imperial power: the political economy of Jamaican Taxation, 1768–1838

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This article uses a new data-set to calculate the ‘political economy’ or nature and purpose of taxation and spending in Jamaica between 1768 and 1839. It argues that these levels increased considerably, both in absolute terms and relative to the size of the population and economy of the island, and that the assembly raised taxes mainly to protect the white elite and the plantation economy against slave revolts and foreign invasion. Although the balance of spending shifted after ...

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
HUMS
Sub department:
History Faculty
Role:
Author
ORCID:
0000-0003-3846-2326
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis
Journal:
Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History More from this journal
Volume:
45
Issue:
2
Pages:
188-209
Publication date:
2017-03-03
Acceptance date:
2016-11-18
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EISSN:
1743-9329
ISSN:
0308-6534
Language:
English
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Pubs id:
1068718
Local pid:
pubs:1068718
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2021-02-01

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