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The bonds of family

Slavery, commerce and culture in the British Atlantic world

By Katie Donington

The bonds of family
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    Book Information

    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN: 978-1-5261-2948-2
    • Pages: 336
    • Price: £85.00
    • Published Date: November 2019
    • Series: Studies in Imperialism

    Description

    Moving between Britain and Jamaica this book reconstructs the world of commerce, consumption and cultivation sustained through an extended engagement with the business of slavery. Transatlantic slavery was both shaping of and shaped by the dynamic networks of family that established Britain's Caribbean empire. Tracing the activities of a single extended family - the Hibberts - this book explores how slavery impacted on the social, cultural, economic and political landscape of Britain. It is a history of trade, colonisation, enrichment and the tangled web of relations that gave meaning to the transatlantic world. The Hibberts's trans-generational story imbricates the personal and the political, the private and the public, the local and the global. It is both the intimate narrative of a family and an analytical frame through which to explore Britain's history and legacies of slavery.

    Reviews

    'Katie Donington's fascinating, formidably researched and very important investigation of the manifold ways in which the Hibbert family established its wealth through slave trading and slavery and its outsized role in important aspects of British history, including philanthropy and proslavery, is a book for our times. It deserves a wide readership.'
    Family and Community History

    'The Bonds of Family is an engaging, methodically-presented study that brings a unique perspective on the British Atlantic and promises to contribute significantly to studies of Caribbean and British history.'
    New West Indian Guide

    'Through its focus on a single family, The bonds of family thus offers a refreshingly human view of how Britain's slave economy was made, operated, justified and sustained by its perpetrators. Atlantic slavery, Donington shows, was created not by abstract market forces, but through the actions of individuals such as the Hibberts:
    ambitious people who elevated themselves through the ruthless exploitation of enslaved people.'
    Continuity and Change

    Contents

    Introduction: Family matters - slavery, commerce, and culture
    Part I: Family business - commerce, commodities, and credit
    1. Manchester
    2. Jamaica
    3. London
    Part II: Family politics - defending the slave trade and slavery
    4. Defending the slave trade
    5. Defending slavery
    Part III: Family culture - domesticating slavery
    6. Intimate relations: the colony and the metropole
    7. Consuming passions: Collecting and connoisseurship
    8. The culture of refinement: Country houses and philanthropy
    Epilogue: Family legacies - after abolition
    Select bibliography
    Index

    Author

    Katie Donington is Lecturer in History at London South Bank University

    The bonds of family

    By Katie Donington

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