Professor William Pettigrew

Chair in History

Profile

Educated at Oxford and Yale, I was a Junior Research Fellow at Corpus Christi College, Oxford before taking up a permanent post at the University of Kent in 2009. I came to Lancaster in 2018 as Professor of History. My work assesses how the history of Britain has been shaped by global forces as well as the effects that Britain has had on the rest of the world. These interests have led me to complete studies of the development of the British contribution to the transatlantic trade in enslaved Africans, the constitutional determinants of British economic growth, the history of English trading corporations, and the role of international trade in shaping the English constitution. I'm interested in supervising research in any aspect of Global British history in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

Corporate Management, Labour Relations, and Community Building at the East India Company’s Blackwall Dockyard, 1600-1657
Pettigrew, W., Smith, E. 1/09/2019 In: Journal of Social History. 53, 1, p. 133–156. 24 p.
Journal article

The Public Life and Death of a Propertied, but Artificial Person: The Divestment of the Royal African Company and a Reconciliation of Parliamentary Supremacy and the Sanctity of Property, 1747-52
Pettigrew, W. 20/02/2019 In: Revisiting The Polite and Commercial People. Oxford : Oxford University Press ISBN: 9780198802631.
Chapter

A Framework for Integrating Overseas Expansion and Constitutional Change in 17th-Century England
Pettigrew, W. 2019 In: Des Chartes aux Constitutions . Paris : Editions de la Sorbonne ISBN: 9791035102784.
Chapter

Political Economy
Pettigrew, W. 2019 In: The Corporation as a Protagonist in Global History c. 1550-1750. Brill p. 43-67. 25 p. ISBN: 9789004387812. Electronic ISBN: 9789004387850.
Chapter

Introduction
Pettigrew, W., Veevers, D. 10/12/2018 In: TheCorporation as a Protagonist in Global History, c. 1550-1750. Brill ISBN: 9789004387850.
Chapter

The Corporation as a Protagonist in Global History, c. 1550 - 1750
Pettigrew, W., Veevers, D. 10/12/2018 Leiden : Brill. 332 p. ISBN: 9789004387850.
Book

The changing place of fraud in seventeenth-century public debates about international trading corporations
Pettigrew, W.A. 3/04/2018 In: Business History. 60, 3, p. 305-320. 16 p.
Journal article

Matter of Life and Death: Reasons to Remember in St Mary's Cemetery, Chennai
Pettigrew, W., Mann, E. 1/07/2017 In: Preserving Transcultural Heritage. Casal de Cambra : Editora Caleidoscópio p. 775-786. 12 p. ISBN: 9789896584672.
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The public rivalry between regulated and joint stock corporations and the development of seventeenth-century corporate constitutions
Pettigrew, W.A., Stein, T. 1/05/2017 In: Historical Research. 90, 248, p. 341-362. 22 p.
Journal article

A History of Socially Responsible Business, c. 1600 - 1950
Pettigrew, W., Chan Smith, D. 2017 London 313 p. ISBN: 9783319601465.
Book

A Nation Divided in War: The War of the Spanish Succession and the Intensification of Debate about Empire, Trade Regulation, and the Labour Supply in the British Atlantic
Pettigrew, W. 2017 In: The War of Spanish Succession. OUP ISBN: 9780198811121.
Chapter

Introduction: The History of Corporate Social Responsibility: Towards a Comparative and Institutional Contribution
Pettigrew, W., Chan Smith, D. 2017 In: A History of Socially Responsible Business. Palgrave Macmillan p. 1-31. 31 p. ISBN: 9783319601458. Electronic ISBN: 9783319601465.
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Leadership and the Social Agendas of the Early Modern English Trading Corporations’
Pettigrew, W., Laursen Brock, A. 2017 In: A History of Socially Responsible Business. Palgrave Macmillan p. 33-63. 31 p. ISBN: 9783319601458. Electronic ISBN: 9783319601465.
Chapter

Introduction: The different East India Companies and the variety of cross-cultural interactions in the corporate setting
Pettigrew, W.A., Gopalan, M. 15/07/2016
Foreword/postscript

The East India Company, 1600-1857: Essays on Anglo-Indian connection
Pettigrew, W.A., Gopalan, M. 15/07/2016 Taylor and Francis. 248 p. ISBN: 9781138679436. Electronic ISBN: 9781315563466.
Book

The failure of the cloth trade to Surat and the internationalisation of English mercantilist thought, 1614-1621
Pettigrew, W.A. 15/07/2016 In: The East India Company, 1600-1857. Taylor and Francis p. 21-43. 23 p. ISBN: 9781138679436. Electronic ISBN: 9781315563466.
Chapter

Civil Liberties and the genesis of racial inequality: freeing the trade in enslaved Africans
Pettigrew, W.A. 1/12/2015
Other chapter contribution

Corporate Constitutionalism and the Dialogue between the Global and Local in Seventeenth-Century English History
Pettigrew, W.A. 1/12/2015 In: Itinerario. 39, 3, p. 487-501. 15 p.
Journal article

A History of Commercial Law in the Atlantic World, 1450-1850
Pettigrew, W.A. 1/01/2015
Other chapter contribution

Constitutional Change in England and the Diffusion of Regulatory Initiative, 1660-1714
Pettigrew, W.A. 1/12/2014 In: History. 99, 338, p. 839-863. 25 p.
Journal article

Parting Companies: The Glorious Revolution, Company Power, and Imperial Mercantilism
Pettigrew, W.A., Cleve, G.W.V. 1/09/2014 In: The Historical Journal. 57, 3, p. 617-638. 22 p.
Journal article

Commercialisation in the Atlantic World, 1450 - 1850
Pettigrew, W.A. 1/01/2014
Other chapter contribution

Freedom's Debt: The Royal African Company and the Politics of the Atlantic Slave Trade, 1672-1752
Pettigrew, W.A. 2013 Chapel Hill, NC : Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture and the University of North Carolina Press. 272 p. ISBN: 9781469629858. Electronic ISBN: 9781469611822.
Book

The Tentative Embrace: Slavery's Relationship with European Identity
Pettigrew, W.A. 09/2012 In: Sa-Chong (The Korean Journal of Historical Research). 77, p. 237-260. 24 p.
Journal article

Transatlantic Politics and the Africanization of Virginia's Labor Force, 1688-1712
Pettigrew, W.A. 1/09/2011
Other chapter contribution

Historicising Supply and Demand in Early American Economic History: The Importance of Transatlantic Politics
Pettigrew, W.A. 1/07/2011 In: William & Mary Quarterly. 68, 3, p. 409-413. 5 p.
Journal article

Regulatory Inertia and National Economic Growth: An Africa Trade Case Study, 1690-1714
Pettigrew, W.A. 1/05/2011
Other chapter contribution

Parliament and the Escalation of the British Slave Trade, 1690-1714
Pettigrew, W.A. 1/06/2007 In: Parliamentary History. 26, S1, p. 12-26. 15 p.
Journal article

Free to Enslave: Politics and the Escalation of Britain?s Transatlantic Slave Trade, 1688-1714
Pettigrew, W.A. 1/01/2007 In: William & Mary Quarterly. 64, 1, p. 3-38. 36 p.
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