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Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)

This course is part of the International Summer Programme 2023.

To apply for this course, please enrol on the programme above, and then select the courses you wish to study. For more information about Summer Programmes please visit our Summer Programmes Page.

All societies have at one time or another depended on slavery and 18th-century Britain was no exception. Great ports like Bristol, Liverpool and London grew rich on slaving, but the impact of slavery stretched to every British town, almost every village. Yet the British prided themselves on their opposition to oppression and slavery. So why did they own slaves, and why did they undergo such a rapid and remarkable change, from dominating the transatlantic slave trade to actively leading the interational campaign to stamp it out? And why did the abolitionist have such a profound effect on Britain, and pave the way for Britain’s imperial expansion?


Course dates

30 Jul 2023 to 05 Aug 2023

Course duration

1 week

Apply by

25 Jun 2023

Course director


International Summer Programme
Sidgwick Site
United Kingdom

Qualifications / Credits

Credits dependent on home institution

Teaching sessions

Meetings: 5

Course code