This lecture will revisit the determinants of British identity by examining the problem of slavery in British history from Roman times to the present day. Freedom and slavery provide the compass points for much of the British story but the causes, experiences, and legacies of slavery have not been fully integrated into British consciousness. An analysis of the economic, political, intellectual, and constitutional meanings of slavery in British history can suggest means to integrate slavery constructively into the story of Britain.
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Dr William Pettigrew
Educated at Oxford and Yale, Will was elected Junior Research Fellow and Tutor in Modern History at Corpus Christi College, Oxford in 2007 before joining the School of History at Kent in September 2009 as Lecturer in History. He is also Adjunct Professor of Korea University.