Book Review-‘Competing Visions of Empire: Labor, slavery, and the origins of the British Atlantic Empire’ by A. L. Swingen

By Richard Hall, published October 2020


Discussions about the nature of the British Empire have been many and diverse and Abigail Swingen’s Competing Visions of Empire provides a fascinating exploration of the connections between economics, domestic politics, international relations, slavery and empire. Central to Swingen’s book are the debates about how to provide sufficient labour for the colonies; something which eventually became linked to the massive expansion of African slavery that, in time, dwarfed the free and bonded European migrations that had initially provided the majority of the labour force in the British Atlantic World…

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Filed under: Other (Early Modern) | Other (Nineteenth C)
Subjects include: Administration | Strategy & Diplomacy

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