J.M. (Julie) Svalastog MA

  • PhD student
  • Early modern Atlantic and English history

Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 1646
E-Mail: j.m.slavastog@hum.leidenuniv.nl
Faculty / Department: Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen, Institute for History, Geschiedenis diversen

Fields of interest

  • Early modern maritime history
  • Atlantic History
  • Early modern English history
  • Early modern Anglo-African relation
  • The history of the English overseas trading companies
  • The history of the transatlantic slave trade
  • Global economic history in the early modern period


Research question: 'How did free agents react to the creation of colonial and overseas monopolies by the English (and later British) government in the Early Modern period?'

My research focusses on England’s trade with Africa and the Atlantic in the early modern period. This includes the history of the English Africa companies, as well as their relation with the merchant community of 17th century London. My interest also include the development of English colonial policy in the late 17th century, and the role and influence of merchants in the institutional and political decisions-making of the first British Empire.

Julie’s research is part of Dr. Catia Antunes' ERC-project 'Fighting Monopolies, Defying Empires 1500-1750: a Comparative Overview of Free Agents and Informal Empires in Western Europe and the Ottoman Empire'.

Curriculum vitae

Julie finished her MA in Early Modern History, titled: The Transatlantic Slave Trade Database: Qualitative Possibilities and Quantitative Limitations, at King’s College London in September 2012. Her MA focused on opportunities and pitfalls in the use of online resources when choosing your approach to research on the transatlantic slave trade.

Before enrolling at King’s she completed a BA in history, focused on the economic development of Denmark-Norway’s Caribbean colonies in the 18th century, at Universitetet i Agder in Kristiansand, Norway. During her BA she spent one ear as a visiting student at Université Toulouse Il-Le Mirail, Toulouse, France, at Département UFR d'Histoire, Arts et Archéologie. She also attended L'OFNEC (L'Office Franco-Norvégien d'Echanges et de Coopération), Université de Caen Basse Normandie, in Caen France in 2008. As part of her BA she minored in Religious History & Ethics.

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