"Anyone interested in New World foundations should begin with this collection; even experts will find thought-provoking moments here." R.T. Brown, Choice
"...the breadth of Curtin's coverage and the immense learning and influence that he brings to this difficult task of synthesis doubtless puts The Rise and Fall on the short list of essential readings for anyone interested in Atlantic history." Francisco A. Scarano, International Journal of African History Studies
Over a period of several centuries, Europeans developed an intricate system of plantation agriculture overseas which was quite different from the agricultural system used at home. Though the plantation complex centered on the American tropics, its influence was much wider. Much more than an economic order for the Americas, the plantation complex had an important place in world history. These essays concentrate on the intercontinental impact.