Recently published work

On this page we will occasionally highlight recently published work which might be of interest to users of this website. Doing so does not endorse the opinions of the authors; but we mention them here because of their potential interest.


Margot Finn and Kate Smith (eds), The East India Company at Home, 1757-1857 (UCL Press, 2018).

The essays in this collection explore how empire in Asia shaped British country houses, their interiors and the lives of their residents. It includes chapters from researchers based in a wide range of settings such as archives and libraries, museums, heritage organisations, the community of family historians and universities. It moves beyond conventional academic narratives and makes an important contribution to ongoing debates around how empire impacted Britain.
The whole book can be downloaded for free as a pdf file. See the UCL Press website page for details:
UCL Press.

Katie Donington, Ryan Hanley, and Jessica Moody (eds), Britain’s History and Memory of Transatlantic Slavery. Local Nuances of a National Sin (Liverpool University Press, 2016).

Transatlantic slavery affected every space and community in Britain. This collection brings together localised case studies of Britain’s history and memory of its involvement in the transatlantic slave trade, and slavery. These essays, ranging in focus from eighteenth-century Liverpool to twenty-first-century rural Cambridgeshire, from racist ideologues to Methodist preachers, examine how transatlantic slavery impacted on, and continues to impact, people and places across Britain.
Further details are at Liverpool University Press.

Natasha Lightfoot, Troubling Freedom: Antigua and the Aftermath of British Emancipation (Duke UP, 2015).

The book tells the story of how, following the abolition of slavery in 1834, Antigua's newly freed black working people struggled to realize freedom in their everyday lives, prior to and in the decades following emancipation. For further details go to the website Duke University Press.