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First Name
Abigail
Last Name
Swingen
Affiliation
Texas Tech University
Website URL
http://www.depts.ttu.edu/history/faculty/profiles/swingen_abigail.php
Keywords
early modern Britain, empire, labor, political economy, Financial Revolution, Bank of England, South Sea Company, Royal African Company
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About Me

I am Associate Professor of history at Texas Tech University, and I also serve as a Faculty Fellow in the Office of Vice President for Research at TTU.  My research interests include the origins and consequences of England’s Financial Revolution, the development of the British transatlantic empire, ideas of political economy, labor and slavery in the early modern world, and the development of early modern political culture.  My latest book project, “The Financial Revolution and the British Empire in the 17th and 18th Centuries” explores the connections between the emergence of Britain as a financial capitalist economy, the development of public credit and the national debt, and the origins of the British empire in the early modern period.  This project has received financial support from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Stipend Program, and the Huntington Library.

Recent Publications

Competing Visions of Empire: Labor, Slavery, and the Origins of the British Atlantic Empire (Yale University Press, 2015) https://yalebooks.yale.edu/book/9780300187540/competing-visions-empire

“Labor, Empire, and the State: The English Imperial Experience in the Seventeenth Century,” in The World of Colonial America: An Atlantic Handbook, Ignacio Gallup-Diaz, ed., Routledge   Publishers, 2017.

Forthcoming:

“Labor,” in Cultural History of Western Empires, Vol. 4, The Enlightenment, 1650-1800, Ian Coller, ed., Antoinette Burton, series ed., Bloomsbury Academic Publishers, 2018

“Security, Stability, and Credit: The Hanoverian Succession and the Politics of the Financial Revolution,” in The Hanoverian Succession in Great Britain and its Empire: Revolution Reaffirmed, Brent S. Sirota and Allan I. Macinnes, eds., Boydell and Brewer Press

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Britain
Expertise by Geography
Atlantic, Caribbean, England, United Kingdom, Western Europe
Expertise by Chronology
17th century, 18th century, Early Modern
Expertise by Topic
Capitalism, Colonialism, Economic History, Politics, Slavery