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I am a historian with interests in Atlantic history, British imperial history, and Caribbean studies. My work has focused on the histories and legacies of slavery in the Americas, mainly on slave societies in the British Caribbean. My particular area of expertise is the history of colonial settlers and slaveholders, and I have published work on the social and cultural history of the Jamaican planter class.

My new book, Slavery and Revolution: Simon Taylor’s Jamaica and the Transformation of the British Empire, is due to be published by Oxford University Press in 2018.

Other Publications

My recent publications include:

Edited Volume: Christer Petley and John McAleer, eds, The Royal Navy and the British Atlantic World, c. 1750-1820 (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2016), x + 223 pp. ISBN 9781137507648. (Includes co-written introduction ‘The Royal Navy and the British Atlantic,’ plus Christer Petley, ‘The Royal Navy, the British Atlantic Empire and the Abolition of the Slave Trade’).

Article: Christer Petley, ‘Slaveholders and revolution: the Jamaican planter class, British imperial politics, and the ending of the slave trade, 1775–1807’, Slavery & Abolition (27 pages): published and available online at http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0144039X.2017.1341015

Article: Christer Petley, ‘Plantations and Homes: The Material Culture of the Early Nineteenth-Century Jamaican Elite’, Slavery & Abolition 35 (3) (2014), pp. 437-58: available online at http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0144039X.2014.944031

Book chapter: Christer Petley, ‘The Royal Navy, the British Atlantic Empire and the Abolition of the Slave Trade’, in The Royal Navy and the British Atlantic World, c. 1750–1820, edited by John McAleer and Christer Petley (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2016), pp. 97-121.

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