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Transatlantic abolitionism in the age of revolution: an international history of anti-slavery, c.1787-1820

Oldfield, John R.

Authors

Professor John Oldfield John.Oldfield@hull.ac.uk
Director of the Wilberforce Institute for the study of Slavery and Emancipation



Abstract

Transatlantic Abolitionism in the Age of Revolution offers a fresh exploration of anti-slavery debates in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. It challenges traditional perceptions of early anti-slavery activity as an entirely parochial British, European or American affair, and instead reframes the abolition movement as a broad international network of activists across a range of metropolitan centres and remote outposts. Interdisciplinary in approach, this book explores the dynamics of transatlantic abolitionism, along with its structure, mechanisms and business methods, and in doing so, highlights the delicate balance that existed between national and international interests in an age of massive political upheaval throughout the Atlantic world. By setting slave trade debates within a wider international context, Professor Oldfield reveals how popular abolitionism emerged as a political force in the 1780s, and how it adapted itself to the tumultuous events of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.

Book Type Authored Book
Journal Critical perspectives on empire
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Book Title Transatlantic abolitionism in the age of revolution: an international history of anti-slavery, c.1787-1820
ISBN 978-1-10703-076-3
Institution Citation Oldfield, J. R. Transatlantic abolitionism in the age of revolution: an international history of anti-slavery, c.1787-1820. The University of Hull
Keywords REF 2014 submission