HIST2433 The Global Caribbean, 1756-1848

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Module Summary

Module Summary

This module traces historical processes of globalisation through this history of Caribbean slavery and emancipation from the Seven Years War to the abolition of slavery in the French Caribbean colonies. Key movements of people, goods and ideas from Africa, Europe and Asia to the Caribbean will be interrogated for their significance in the making of the Caribbean and the modern world. The module will allow students to explore the economics of slavery (and its legacies in Britain); colonial politics; violence in slave societies; rebellions and revolutions (including the Haitian revolution and F├ędon's rebellion); and significant cultural ideas such as creolisation. With particular attention paid to connections between the Caribbean and the wider world, the module will probe the relationship between local and global processes in the archipelago. To do so, students will be encouraged to engage with existing historiographical debates and to undertake their own research with a selection of primary sources.


On the successful completion of this module, students should:

  • - Have an understanding of the global processes that shaped slavery and emancipation in the Caribbean;
  • - Be familiar with the most important historical writings on the period;
  • - Be able to express their ideas and arguments effectively in group discussions;
  • - Have further developed their essay writing and presentation skills;
  • - Be able to critically reflect upon their choice of evidence.


  • 1. Introduction and overview
  • 2. Sugar and slavery
  • 3. The Middle Passage and oceanic histories
  • 4. The making of Creole societies
  • 5. Violence and the body
  • 6. Resistance and revolt
  • 7. The Haitian Revolution
  • 8. The geographies of Caribbean slavery
  • 9. Abolition and the meaning of freedom
  • 10. Post-emancipation mobilities
  • 11. Memory and the memorialisation of slavery

Learning Outcomes

On the successful completion of this module, students should be able to:

  • - Identify and articulate the key global processes that shaped slavery and emancipation in the Caribbean;
  • - Analyse the significance of the mobility of people, goods and ideas in the making of the modern Caribbean;
  • - Discuss scholarship on slave societies in the Caribbean;
  • - Better understand colonial societies in comparative perspective.

Assessment and teaching

Assessment and teaching


Assesment type Notes % of formal assesment
Essay 1 x 2,000 word essay, due by 12.00pm on Monday of teaching week 8 40
Group Project Group presentation, format to be determined by tutor 10
Total percentages (Assessment Coursework) 50


Exam type Exam duration % of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc) 2 hr 0 mins 50
Total Percentage (Assesment Exams) 50

Private Study

Students will complete set reading and will undertake self-directed reading around the topic. Students will conduct research and prepare material for their essay and group presentation, as well as preparing for their end of module examination.

Progress Monitoring

Progress will be monitored via individual contributions to class discussions, a group presentation worth 10% of the overall module mark, and an assessed essay worth 30% of the overall module mark.

Teaching methods

Delivery type Number Length hours Student hours
Lecture 11 1 11
Seminar 9 1 9
Private Study Hours 180
Total Contact Hours 20
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits) 200

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