Historians explore the past through a number of different ‘lenses’, including political, economic, social and cultural. Studying History also offers you the chance to develop interests in broad themes such as gender or religion and consider how they differ widely across both time and space, and to develop skills of historical argument and practice, and effective use of sources.
These subject resources will help you to discover some exciting and interesting topics in History, and learn more about them. You can then share your thoughts and debate your ideas with others in our interactive online forums.
The purpose of this topic is to introduce historical theories and concepts about ‘unfree’ labour by looking more broadly and comparatively at the nature of slavery as an institution, and to explore the economic and social relationships that constituted ‘slave holding societies’.
Although we may not initially think of slavery as ‘modern’, the Atlantic slave trade and slave labour have been intimately connected with the emergence of the modern global economy.