Colonialism and Empire: Are Reparations Owed by the United Kingdom to the Descendants of Slavery?

Jonas, Michael (2021) Colonialism and Empire: Are Reparations Owed by the United Kingdom to the Descendants of Slavery? Masters thesis, University of Wales Trinity Saint David.

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Abstract

This work explores the ramifications of slavery for modern Britain, contrasting ancient and pre-modern institutions within the context of Britain’s former colonies (Williams, 1994). Modern attitudes to slavery are inspected, revealing the continuing manifestation of anti-black racism through eugenics, racial theory and meritocracy. Precedents for reparations are investigated with a focus upon Germany (De Gruyter, 2011), and the rejection of early Caribbean migrants to Britain is highlighted (Rauhut, 2021). Discussion includes the origins of white supremacy in science and religion, exposing the ongoing negative stereotyping of blackness (Akala, 2018). It is found that Britain is both legally and morally obligated to provide both individual and group reparations to the descendants of British slavery, both domestically and internationally (Beckles, 2013). Further, reparations are the only means of effectively countering the institutionalised discrimination and segregation that contribute to the maintenance of a range of global racial inequalities (Craemer, 2018).

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
D History General and Old World > DT Africa
E History America > E11 America (General)
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Divisions: Theses and Dissertations > Masters Dissertations
Depositing User: Lesley Cresswell
Date Deposited: 14 Oct 2021 08:08
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2021 08:08
URI: https://repository.uwtsd.ac.uk/id/eprint/1810

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