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Blood, money and endless paper: slavery and capital in British imperial history

Scanlan, Padraic X. (2016) Blood, money and endless paper: slavery and capital in British imperial history. History Compass, 14 (5). pp. 218-230. ISSN 1478-0542

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Identification Number: 10.1111/hic3.12310

Abstract

The history of slavery in Britain and the British empire has placed the legislative milestones of anti-slavery - the abolition of the slave trade in 1807 and the abolition of slavery in 1833 - at the centre of historical inquiry. This essay considers why the passing of anti-slavery laws, rather than the implementation of anti-slavery reforms, has been so pivotal in the historiography. It asks what the history of slavery in Britain and the British empire would look like if turned toward the continuities between slavery and freedom, rather than emphasizing the bright line of emancipation. It places British approaches to the history of slavery into a wider historiographical context, and considers how renewed emphasis on the physical experience and everyday routines of slavery and anti-slavery and a rigorous rethinking of the archives might shape the future of the field.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/(IS...
Additional Information: © 2016 John Wiley & Sons Ltd
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
D History General and Old World > DT Africa
J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
Sets: Departments > International History
Date Deposited: 03 Mar 2016 12:41
Last Modified: 25 Oct 2017 13:43
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/65591

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