Institute for the Study of Slavery

ISOS Public Lecture, 25 April 2019


Professor Trevor Burnard (University of Melbourne) will give the ISOS Public Lecture for 2019.

Date and Time: 25 April, 6-8pm.

Humanities A03, University Park Campus

Caribbean Slavery, Capitalism and the Making of Modern Britain in the Long Eighteenth Century

Scholars have suddenly become reinterested in a reinvigorated examination of an old historical question – what role did slavery play in the development of capitalism in Britain and in Britain become a great world power. It is appropriate we have become interested in this question once again in the 75th year since the publication of Eric Williams’ always provatove and insightful Capitalism and Slavery in 1944. There is great interest among scholars and the public alike in the links between slavery and capitalism and how slavery contributed to the `Great Divergence’ – the fateful rise of Britain, western Europe and neo-Europes in the Americas and the Pacific to a position when around 1800, for the first time in history, the `West’ was richer and more geopolitically powerful than the `East.’ This lecture summarises where we are in this debate and makes an argument that we need to extend our vision to look at he imporrtance of slavery in British life as especially significant in the long view of the Industrial Revolution as extending from the late seventeenth century onwards.

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Posted on Tuesday 22nd January 2019

Institute for the Study of Slavery

University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD