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Competing Visions of Empire – Labor, Slavery, and the Origins of the British Atlantic Empire - Yale Scholarship Online
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Competing Visions of Empire: Labor, Slavery, and the Origins of the British Atlantic Empire

Abigail L Swingen


This book explores the connections betweenthe origins of the English empire and unfree laborby exploring how England’s imperial designs influenced contemporary politics and debates about labor, population, political economy, and overseas trade. Focusing on the ideological connections between the growth of unfree labor in the colonies, particularly the use of enslaved Africans, and the development of English imperialism during the early modern period, the book examines the overlapping, often competing imperial agendas of planters, merchants, privateers, colonial officials, and imperial authorit ... More

Keywords: English empire, slavery, unfree labor, slave trade, imperialism, political economy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780300187540
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2015 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300187540.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Abigail L Swingen, author
Texas Tech University