PART OF OUR BLACK HISTORY MONTH SERIES
Freedom has been central to the identity of the City of London for centuries. But from the Seventeenth to the Nineteenth centuries, the African Slave Trade and Plantation Slavery in the Americas were key to London’s banking, insurance, shipping, manufacturing, commodity trades with Europe, gold and silver supply in London, and later merchant banks like Barings, Schroeder and Kleinwort.
The City also benefited from the end of Slavery, as compensated emancipation liberated a flood of liquid capital and provided a £500,000 per annum income stream to its funders.
Richard is a Gresham College lecturer for 2019-20. Born in Guyana, he went to school in Barbados, and was later educated at Harvard, Yale and Oxford. He has taught at Oxford, Virginia, Cambridge and since 2009 at Kings College London, where he is Rhodes Professor of Imperial History.
He is a leading international figure in the fields of Imperial and Global History, and has held visiting appointments at the École des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Harvard University, the Advanced Research Collaborative of the City University of New York, Ludwig Maximilian University and All Souls College, Oxford.