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By Ronald Hyam

Knowing the British Empire attracts on a lifetime's learn and mirrored image at the background of the British Empire by means of one of many senior figures within the box. Essays conceal six key subject matters: the geopolitical and financial dynamics of empire, faith and ethics, imperial forms, the contribution of political leaders, the importance of sexuality, and the shaping of imperial historiography. a tremendous new introductory bankruptcy attracts jointly the broader framework of Dr Hyam's experiences and a number of other new chapters concentrate on lesser identified figures. different chapters are revised types of previous papers, reflecting a number of the debates and controversies raised by means of the author's paintings, together with the difficulty of sexual exploitation, the eu intrusion into Africa, together with the African reaction to missionaries, trusteeship, and Winston Churchill's imperial attitudes. Combining conventional archival learn with more moderen types of cultural exploration, this can be an surprisingly wide-ranging method of key facets of empire.

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Anstey and P. E. H. Hair, eds. , Liverpool, the African slave alternate, and abolition: essays to demonstrate the present wisdom and study (Historical Society of Lancashire and Cheshire, 1976); D. Eltis and J. Walvin, eds. , Abolition of the Atlantic slave exchange: origins and results in Europe, Africa and the Americas (Madison, WI, 1981); S. Drescher, Econocide: British slavery within the period of abolition (Pittsburgh, 1977). The vintage, opposing, money owed stay worthy studying: R. Coupland, British anti-slavery stream (1933; second edn, 1964, ed. J. D. Fage), and Eric Williams, Capitalism and slavery (Chapel Hill, NC, 1944; manhattan, 1961); yet see additionally C. J. Robinson, ‘Capitalism, slavery and bourgeois historiography’, heritage Workshop magazine, no. 23 (1987), pp. 122–40, and Barbara L. Solow and Stanley L. Engerman, eds. , British capitalism and Caribbean slavery: the legacy of Eric Williams (Cambridge, 1987). four Coupland, The British anti-slavery move, pp. 64–9. five Drescher, Econocide: British slavery within the period of abolition is the major instance. 6 J. D. Walsh, ‘Peckard, Peter’, in ODNB, vol. XLIII, pp. 374–5, and Peter Peckard: liberal churchman (Magdalene university Occasional Papers, no. sixteen, Cambridge, 1998). 7 Am I now not a guy? and a Brother? (1788), preface, p. i. eight The ‘standard sentence’ is all that looks even within the 924-page booklet by means of Peckard and the abolition of the slave exchange nine 10 eleven 12 thirteen 14 15 173 Hugh Thomas, The slave alternate: the heritage of the Atlantic slave exchange , 1440–1870 (1997), p. 491. step one in the direction of a extra authentic nationwide popularity of Peckard as a number one abolitionist used to be within the Westminster Abbey ‘Service to Commemorate the Bicententary of the Abolition of the Slave alternate Act, 27 March 2007’, while a in particular commissioned piece of song, set to phrases through Olaudah Equiano, was once played in reminiscence of Peckard. Magdalene university information, ‘Catalogue of the books left at Magdalen [sic] university via Mrs Peckard’, 26 January 1798, p. 2, defined as ‘Octavo: A package of papers respecting Slave Trade’, and annotated ‘missing’ – yet as there is not any date to the annotation it's most unlikely to inform even if the article was once truly got, or for this reason misplaced. one more reason for the shortcoming of popularity given to Peckard could be the incontrovertible fact that by the point of abolition he have been lifeless for 9 years. hence the commemorative quantity of Poems at the abolition of the slave alternate via James Montgomery, James Grahame, and E. Benger (R. Bowyer, London, 1809, with engravings by way of R. Smirke) celebrates the paintings of Granville Sharp, Clarkson, and Wilberforce on my own, or even erroneously states that Sharp ‘was the 1st to inspire Mr Clarkson in his adventurous profession’ (preface); Ramsay is usually pointed out honourably. Clarkson’s essay is stated, yet no longer Peckard as having set it. My because of Denis Murphy for displaying me a replica of this infrequent quantity. For extra reflections in this subject matter, see my article ‘Peter Peckard and the abolition of the slave trade’, Magdalene collage journal, no. fifty one (2006–7), pp.

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