Monthly Archives: October 2015

Hopkins and McNeil Center

Looking forward on 30 October to travel to the US. After two days in LA, go to Baltimore to present “Planters, Fear and the Coming of the American Revolution” at The Seminar at The Johns Hopkins University, 2 November. On 7 November, Mark Peterson from Berkeley and I present “Trade, War, and Imperial Expansion in the Urban British Atlantic: Boston and Kingston, 1740-1765” at a conference at Port Cities 1500-1800 held at the McNeil Center and Temple

Visiting Professor in Paris at EHESS

I am very much looking forward, courtesy of Cecile Vidal of EHESS, to spending a month in Paris from 9 November to 10 December. I give the following seminars:

– Tuesday, November 17, 2015, 16h-18h, room 12, CENA, EHESS, 105 bd Raspail, 75006 PARIS : “The Making of Plantation Societies in the Greater Antilles in the Eighteenth-Century” (Cecile Vidal’s research seminar)

– Tuesday, November 24, 2015, 12h-14h (brown bag lunch seminar), room 12, CENA, EHESS, 105 bd Raspail, 75006 PARIS : “Hearing Slaves Speak:Women Slaves, Second Slavery and Abolition in Berbice, British Guiana, 1817-1834” (in the collective seminar of the CENA)

– Thursday, November 26, 2015, 17h-19h, room 8, EHESS, 105 bd Raspail,75006 PARIS : “The Somerset Decision of 1772, the British Slave Trade and the Birth of Proslavery in the British West Indies, 1772-1776” (in the CIRESC seminar, led by Marie-Jeanne Rossignol and Myriam Cottas)

– Friday, November 27, 2015, 16h-18h, ENS, salle IHMC, escalier D, 3e étage, 45 rue d’Ulm 75005 PARIS : “Plantation Machines: Comparing Jamaica and Saint-Domingue as Atlantic Societies, 1748-1788” (in Philippe Minard’s research seminar)

– Tuesday, December 1st, 2015, 16h-18h, room 12, CENA, EHESS, 105 bd Raspail, 75006 PARIS : “As Much Trading as Planting Places: Urban Worlds in Jamaica and Saint Domingue, 1745-1793” (Cecile Vidal’s research seminar)

I am also talking, courtesy of Allan Potofsky, on Friday 10 November, on “The American Revolution and the Plantation Americas,” at 12h 30 for the Axe Lumieres et modernite colloquium. I will be reprising this 30 November at the Early Modern History seminar, courtesy of Thomas Munck, at the University of Glasgow

Planters, Merchants, and Slaves

My new book, Planters, Merchants, and Slaves: Plantation Societies in British America, a volume in the series, American Beginnings, 1500-1900, is coming out with the University of Chicago Press at the end of October 2015. It deals with how the large plantation in which hundreds of enslaved Africans developed first in Barbados and then in the rest of plantation British America in the late seventeenth century. It explains why this socially monstrous but economically successful system worked as well as it did in the eighteenth century (paying particular attention to Jamaica but also including plantation societies from Maryland to British Guiana) and says a few things also about how to look at the American Revolution from the vantage point of planters in plantation societies. Only some plantation societies joined in the Revolution and thus the Revolution looks different depending on which part of the British American plantation world one looks at. A fuller description is available at I hope readers find it of interest.