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Maxine Berg | Slavery, Capitalism and the Industrial Revolution: Sweet Industriousness and the Role of the Sugar Economy

7 October, 2021 @ 5:15 pm - 7:00 pm

Professor Maxine Berg (Warwick) will introduce proposal for a book she is currently writing with Professor Pat Hudson, entitled Slavery, Capitalism and the Industrial Revolution. This proposes a scholarly synthesis of ideas and research on the impact of slavery and British colonialism in the Americas on the economy of the metropole during the long eighteenth century. The book revisits a set of old debates but in new ways. The reason for the book project arises from the political moment of Black Lives Matter and civil liberties struggles that have increased demand for an accessible and thought provoking survey of the subject.

Professor Berg and Professor Hudson engage with new historical frameworks that situate the subject and earlier research findings in a new light, including global history and new histories of capitalism, and draw on new digitised sources and recent research results. In this seminar Professor Berg will particularly address the planned chapter on the role of the sugar economy.

Professor Berg will also be hosting a masterclass the following day.




7 October, 2021
5:15 pm - 7:00 pm
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Sheffield Centre for Early Modern Studies


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