Padraic Scanlan is the leading historian of British antislavery in Africa. In Slave Empire, he tells the larger story of the British empire over two centuries and sets slavery at the heart of political and economic history. The liberal empire of the nineteenth century, he shows, was the outcome of the long encounter of antislavery and economic expansion founded on enslaved or unfree labour.

Books in order of publication:

Freedom’s Debtors: British Antislavery in Sierra Leone in the Age of Revolution – 2017

Slave Empire: How Slavery Built Modern Britain – 2020