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James Walvin
Professor Emeritus in History



O.B.E., B.A. (Keele), M.A. (McMaster), D. Phil. (York), D.Litt. (York St. Johns), Fellow, Royal Society of Literature, Fellow, European Academy, F.R.H.S.

James Walvin’s published work has been largely in the field of slavery and modern British Social History. In 2019-20 he held the position of Distinguished Fellow in the History and Culture of the Americas, at the Huntington Library. He previously held fellowships at Yale University, The University of the West Indies, the Australian National University and the University of Edinburgh.

For twenty years he co-edited the journal Slavery and Abolition.



James Walvin has written extensively on the slave trade and modern British social history. 

Published books include:

Freedom: The Overthrow of the Slave Empires by James Walvin  How Sugar Corrupted the World by James Walvin  Slavery in Small Things: Slavery and Modern Cultural Habits by James Walvin

The Trader The Owner The Slave by James Walvin  Atlas of Slavery by James Walvin  

The Zong: A Massacre, The Law and the End of Slavery by James Walvin  Crossings: Africa, the Americas and the Atlantic Slave Trade by James Walvin  

The Peoples Game: The History of Football Revisited by James Walvin  Different Times: Growing up in Post-War Britain by James Walvin

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Professor James Walvin
Vanbrugh College
Department of History
University of York
YO10 5DD