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 essential component in their nationwide id and feel of ethical superiority to different civilizations. The British executive used international relations, strain, and violence to suppress the slave alternate, whereas the Royal army enforced abolition all over the world and an frightened public debated the real duties of an anti-slavery state. This campaign used to be 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 kinds of coerced hard work, 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 USA. via cautious realization to pop culture, legit documents, and personal papers, Huzzey rewrites the heritage of the British Empire and a century-long attempt to finish the worldwide exchange in human lives.

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