In 1860, decades after the abolition of slavery in Britain, the British economy was more reliant on slave labour than ever before. Mark Harvey explores the links between coerced labour and the production of three crucial commodities: guns, sugar, and cotton.
As debate about Obeah – spiritual and healing practices – erupts in Jamaica, Diana Paton argues that laws against obeah have historically worked to uphold colonial power and to harass poor people.
‘It soon come’, runs the refrain in Linton Kwesi Johnson’s 1974 poem ‘Time Come’. Date 06 Jun 2019, 18:30 to 06 Jun 2019, 20:00 Venue Arts 2 Lecture Theatre, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Road, London, E1 4NS Booking Here ‘It soon come / look out! look […]
Jared Davidson introduces Marcus Rediker’s carefully curated list of essential readings to develop a history from below.
What did Peterloo mean in an international context? Shirin Hirsch investigates the connections between Peterloo and a global struggle for freedom.
What can eighteenth-century ceramics tell us about empire? Elisabeth Grass examines how fine china tea cups and saucers became fashionable commodities that represent some of the many ways in which empire appeared, and was normalised, in British homes.
How did haircutting and haircare shape narratives of slavery, oppression, and belonging in the early modern Mediterranean? Stefan Hanß explores the intimate politics of hair.
History Workshop Journal’s latest Virtual Special Issue on Migration and Mobility – addressing the urgent question of global migration – features 14 freely-accessible journal articles from the past 30 years.
Thus begins a letter from a Jamaican formerly enslaved woman, Mary Williamson, written to her former owner in 1809…
Professor Richard Drayton explains the intellectual, social and political roots of white supremacy in Britain and the Americas, and how it led to the election of Donald Trump and the Brexit referendum.