This conference explores the role of plebeians in the colonial and commercial expansion across the world from c.1660-1820. Inspired by the themes of Peter Linebaugh and Marcus Rediker’s The Many Headed Hydra (2000) the papers will explore the book’s central themes in the light of new research, as well as taking it into new areas. The role of seas and ships, armies and navies, and commercial interests in creating and regulating a mobile, multi-ethnic workforce will be explored. Research on traditions of popular protest and radical political and religious ideologies will also be presented. As well as the English-speaking Atlantic, there will be papers on French Canada, Brazil, the Middle East and the Cape Colony.
Keynote speakers: Marcus Rediker, Richard Drayton.
Supported by: Dept. of History, Classics & Archaeology & History Workshop Journal.
Date: Thursday, April 12 2012.
Venue: Room 532, Birkbeck College, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HX.
The conference is free to attend, but places are limited. Please email:
firstname.lastname@example.org to book a place.
Dept. of History, Classics & Archaeology,
Birkbeck, Univ. of London.
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