Competing Visions Of Empire: Labor, Slavery, And The Origins Of The British Atlantic Empire

Hardcover | February 17, 2015

byAbigail L. Swingen

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Abigail L. Swingen’s insightful study provides a new framework for understanding the origins of the British empire while exploring how England’s original imperial designs influenced contemporary English politics and debates about labor, economy, and overseas trade. Focusing on the ideological connections between the growth of unfree labor in the English colonies—particularly the use of enslaved Africans—and the development of British imperialism during the early modern period, the author examines the overlapping and often competing agendas of planters, merchants, privateers, colonial officials, and imperial authorities in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

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Abigail L. Swingen’s insightful study provides a new framework for understanding the origins of the British empire while exploring how England’s original imperial designs influenced contemporary English politics and debates about labor, economy, and overseas trade. Focusing on the ideological connections between the growth of unfree la...

Abigail Swingen is assistant professor of history at Texas Tech University. She lives in Lubbock, Texas.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 1 inPublished:February 17, 2015Publisher:Yale University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0300187548

ISBN - 13:9780300187540

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“A fascinating exploration of the connections between economics, domestic politics, international relations, slavery and empire.”—The Mariner’s Mirror