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In a Sea of Empires
Networks and Crossings in the Revolutionary Caribbean

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  • Author: Jeppe Mulich, London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Date Published: July 2020
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108489720

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  • At the turn of the nineteenth century, the Caribbean was rife with revolutionary fervor and political turmoil. Yet, with such upheaval came unparalleled opportunities. In this innovative and richly detailed study, Jeppe Mulich explores the interconnected nature of imperial politics and colonial law in the maritime borderlands of the Leeward Islands, where British, Danish, Dutch, French, Spanish, and Swedish colonies both competed and cooperated with one another. By exploring the transnational networks involved in trade, slavery, smuggling, privateering, and marronage, he offers a new account of the age of revolutions in the Caribbean, emphasizing the border-crossing nature of life in the region. By approaching major shifts in politics, economy, and law from the bottom-up, a new story of early nineteenth-century globalization emerges – one that emphasizes regional integration and a multiplicity of intersecting networks.

    • An innovative approach to global and imperial history emphasizing cross-border networks and integration across empires
    • Builds on multi-sited research in archives across Europe and the Americas, using sources in Danish, English, French, and Swedish
    • Draws on historical sociology, international relations, and global history to provide a reinterpretation of imperial integration and early nineteenth-century globalization
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    ‘This insightful global work reminds readers of the Danish, Dutch, and Swedish imperial presence in this part of the Caribbean as power tilted toward British hegemony by 1850 … This notable work is worth examination by established and emerging scholars alike.’ M. D. Davis, Choice

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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2020
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108489720
    • dimensions: 160 x 235 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.48kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Free ports and black markets
    3. Imperial warfare, colonial violence
    4. Prize courts and privateers
    5. Slave laws and free communities
    6. Abolition and the illegal slave trade

  • Author

    Jeppe Mulich, London School of Economics and Political Science
    Jeppe Mulich is Teaching Associate in Global History at the University of Cambridge and St John's College.

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