Competing Visions of Empire Labor, Slavery, and the Origins of the British Atlantic Empire Abigail L. Swingen

Publication date:
23 Apr 2015
Yale University Press
288 pages: 235 x 156 x 25mm
1 b-w illus.
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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.

Abigail Swingen is assistant professor of history at Texas Tech University. She lives in Lubbock, Texas.

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

Won second place for the 2017 Texas Tech University Book Award in the President's Faculty category.