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Slavery, Abolition, Empire

An empire without slaves or slavery?

This lecture examines the role of transatlantic slavery within the British Empire and the ways in which the American Revolution prompted some Britons to contemplate alternative visions of empire, including, significantly, an empire without slaves or slavery.

Dr John Oldfield is Senior Lecturer in Modern History at the University of Southampton. He is the author of Popular Politics and British Anti-Slavery: The Mobilisation of Public Opinion Against the Slave Trade, 1787-1807 (Manchester, 1995) and, more recently, 'Chords of Freedom': Commemoration, Ritual and British Transatlantic Slavery (Manchester, 2007).

Gad Heuman is Professor of History and has served as Director of the Centre for Caribbean Studies at the University of Warwick. He is the author and editor of several books on Caribbean history, including most recently, The Caribbean (2006), published by Hodder Arnold.


Dr John Oldfield | talks


Date and Time:

19 April 2007 at 11:00 am


2 hours



National Maritime Museum
Park Row
SE10 9NF
020 8312 6716

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