Michael Bennett

Department of History

Research student

Profile

Thesis title: Merchant Capital and the Origins of the Barbados Sugar Boom, 1627-1671.

Supervisors:

Period:

1500-1800

Thesis abstract:

This thesis explores the merchants in the City of London who financed the expansion of plantation slavery on Barbados in the mid-seventeenth century.

There has never been a systematic study of these merchants, which brings together archival material from the U.K., USA, and the Caribbean to analyse their involvement with Barbados in detail and place their commercial activity on the island into broader context.

By bridging the historiographies of early modern England and the Caribbean, this thesis provides new perspectives on both the London merchant community and the history of early America.

Qualifications
  • PhD History, University of Sheffield, 2016 - present
  • MRes, University of Kent, ‘The East India Company, Transnational Interactions, and the Formation of Forced Labour Regimes, 1635-1730’. Supervised by Dr William Pettigrew and funded by a University of Kent School of History Scholarship, 2016
  • BA (Hons), King’s College London, First Class Honours in History, 2015
Grants

Awards:

PhD scholarship: AHRC White Rose College of Arts and Humanities

Teaching activities

University of Sheffield Teaching Assistant: 

  • HST112 Paths from Antiquity to Modernity
  • HST115 The 'Disenchantment' of Early Modern Europe, c. 1570-1770
  • HST117 The Making of the Twentieth Century
  • HST247 A Protestant Nation? Politics, religion and culture in England 1558-1640
Publications and conferences

Journal articles:

  • "Slaves, Weavers, and the ‘Peopling’ of English East India Company Colonies, 1660-1730" in Richard B. Allen, ed., Slavery and Forced Labour in Asia (Brill, Forthcoming).
  • "Migration" in William A. Pettigrew and David Veevers, eds., Transoceanic Constitutions: The Corporation as a Protagonist in Global History, 1550 – 1750 (Brill, 2019), pp. 68-97. 

Book reviews:

  • Review of Richard Allen, European Slave Trading in the Indian Ocean, 1500-1850 (Ohio, 2015), History: The Journal of the Historical Association (December 2016).

Blog posts: