Book Celebration - Slave Empire: How Slavery Built Modern Britain

When and Where

Tuesday, February 22, 2022 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
via Zoom


The Centre for Diaspora & Transnational Studies, in collaboration with the Center for History and Economics, invites you to mark the publication of Professor Padraic X. Scanlan’s new book, Slave Empire: How Slavery Built Modern Britain

The British Empire, in sentimental myth, was more just and more fair than its rivals. And yet, the "British liberty" the empire promised to its subjects was built with enslaved labor in the colonies.

Slave Empire is a history of how the British imperial political economy—as well as ideas of “freedom” and free labor—were shaped by mass enslavement, especially in the Caribbean. The book also shows how the leaders of the British antislavery movement helped transform an eighteenth-century empire of brutal exploitation into a Victorian empire committed to "civilization”—a justification for exploitation in its own right, but also an ideal of social relations, a model of economic development, a set of moving goalposts, and ultimately a weapon.

Please join us for a virtual discussion with the author, chaired by Professor Vincent Brown (Harvard University).

Padraic Scanlan (@pxscanlan) is Assistant Professor in the Center for Industrial Relations and Human Resources and the Centre for Diaspora & Transnational Studies at the University of Toronto.

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