Competing Visions of Empire
Competing Visions of Empire: Labor, Slavery, and the Origins of the British Empire (Yale University Press, 2015) by Abigail Swingen focuses on the origins of the British empire while exploring how England's original imperial designs influenced contemporary politics and debates about labor, economy, and trade. It emphases the ideological connections between the growth of unfree labor in the English colonies and the development of British imperialism.
Abigail Swingen is an Associate Professor in the History Department specializing in early modern British history. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and was an inaugural Humanities Center fellow in 2015. Her new project considers the origins politics of England's Financial Revolution in the early eighteenth century.