Slavery and Revolution


Slavery, Abolition and Empire

By Christer Petley |

Listen to podcasts by Christer Petley, interviewed by Christopher Prior, about slavery in the British Empire, the abolition of the slave trade and the ending of slavery.

We have created these as part of a wider series in response to the choice of Jeremy Paxman’s book, Empire as the book for a University of Southampton initiative designed to encourage staff and students across students to read a book and discuss its themes.

To find out more, click here. While in some ways, this book provides a readable introduction to selected themes in British imperial history, aimed at a popular audience, it’s focus and assertions are also often problematic, as these discussions show:

The first podcast is about the history of slavery:


The second is about abolition and emancipation: