By Richard Huzzey
After Britain abolished slavery all through so much of its empire in 1834, Victorians followed a creed of "anti-slavery" as an integral part in their nationwide identification and feel of ethical superiority to different civilizations. The British executive used international relations, strain, and violence to suppress the slave exchange, whereas the Royal military enforced abolition all over the world and an worried public debated the real duties of an anti-slavery state. This campaign was once faraway from altruistic or compassionate, yet Richard Huzzey argues that it solid nationwide debates and political tradition lengthy after the recognized abolitionist campaigns of William Wilberforce and Thomas Clarkson had pale into reminiscence. those anti-slavery passions formed racist and imperialist prejudices, new sorts of coerced exertions, and the growth of colonial possessions.
In a sweeping narrative that spans the globe, Freedom Burning explores the intersection of philanthropic, imperial, and financial pursuits that underlay Britain's anti-slavery zeal- from London to Liberia, the Sudan to South Africa, Canada to the Caribbean, and the British East India corporation to the accomplice States of the United States. via cautious cognizance to pop culture, respectable documents, and personal papers, Huzzey rewrites the historical past of the British Empire and a century-long attempt to finish the worldwide alternate in human lives.
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