The video of the 2022 Fondation pour la mémoire de l’esclavage thesis prize is online

Posted on October 4, 2023

« Esclavage, Empires et Diplomatie (France, Grande-Bretagne, États-Unis) : Abattre ou Consolider l’Esclavage dans le Monde Atlantique après Saint-Domingue (c. 1795 – c. 1815) ». This thesis was defended in January 2021 at Université Paris-Cité (formerly Paris Diderot) and was awarded the Fondation pour la Mémoire de l’Esclavage thesis prize in 2022.

This thesis is a connected history of the processes of abolition of the slave trade over a period of twenty years (c. 1795 – c. 1815), with a particular focus on the central place occupied by the Haitian Revolution in the history of abolition. It sheds light on the major situations and ruptures of the period with regard to the future of colonial slavery in the Americas: British imperial reformism, marked by the abolition of the slave trade in 1807 and the attempt to extend this decision to other European nations at the Congress of Vienna; the anti-slavery policy of the United States in the 1790s, followed by the acquisition of Louisiana in 1803, which reversed the trend in favor of the expansion of slavery; and, finally, the French example, marked by the experience of a policy of general emancipation of slaves in the colonies in 1794, followed by the re-establishment of slavery under the Consulate in 1802. “