Dr Nicholas RadburnLecturer in the History of the Atlantic World 1500 - 1800
I am a historian of the Atlantic World, with a particular focus on the Trans-Atlantic slave trade. My current book project examines slave-trading merchants in Europe, Africa, and the Americas, and shows how their profit-motivated decisions shaped the experiences of the enslaved people who they bought and sold. I am a co-manager of the National Endowment for the Humanities funded project Voyages: The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database, a digital memorial to the 12.5 Africans who were forcibly transported through the slave trade. I am also developing a digital model of a slave ship, and a database of British slave trading merchants, including several thousand individuals in north-west England.
I convene an undergraduate module “The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, 1500-1865” (HIST241) and will be convening seminars in “Histories of Violence: How Imperialism made the Modern World” (HIST105).
PhD Supervision Interests
I would welcome inquiries from students interested broadly in Atlantic World History, but especially the themes of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade, plantation slavery, cross-cultural trade, and economic history.
Keeping 'the wheel in motion': Trans-Atlantic Credit Terms, Slave Prices, and the Geography of Slavery in the British Americas, 1755–1807
Radburn, N. 30/09/2015 In: Journal of Economic History. 75, 3, p. 660-689. 30 p.
Guinea Factors, Slave Sales, and the Profits of the Transatlantic Slave Trade in Late Eighteenth-Century Jamaica: The Case of John Tailyour
Radburn, N. 1/04/2015 In: William & Mary Quarterly. 72, 2, p. 243-286. 44 p.