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Judith Spicksley began her research career in early modern English economic and social history, where she focused on the credit activities of never-married women. She moved to concentrate on the history of slavery in 2007, looking at the history of enslavement for debt.
From 2010-17 she taught the economic history of Britain and Europe at the University of York before returning to the University of Hull to take up a position in the Wilberforce Institute. She is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a member of the Economic History Society.
Judith's current focus of research is a reevaluation of the institution of slavery in the long run.
Spinsters with land in early modern England: inheritance, possession and use
Spicksley, J. (2019). Spinsters with land in early modern England: inheritance, possession and use. In A. L. Capern, B. McDonagh, & J. Aston (Eds.), Women and the Land 1500-1900 (51-76). Woodbridge, Suffolk: Boydell & Brewer. https://doi.org/10.1017/9781787445208.003
'Work in countryside, cities and towns'
Spicksley, J. (2019). ‘Work in countryside, cities and towns’. In A. L. Capern (Ed.), The Routledge History of Women in Early Modern Europe (135-180). Abingdon: Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9780429355783
Never-married women and credit in early modern England
Spicksley, J. M. (2018). Never-married women and credit in early modern England. In Women and credit in pre-industrial Europe (227-252). Brepols Publishers. https://doi.org/10.1484/m.eer-eb.5.115755
Slavery and student debt
Spicksley, J. (2016). Slavery and student debt. York
Single women and credit – what you didn't know about interest
Spicksley, J. (2015). Single women and credit – what you didn’t know about interest
Early modern women's economic and social history; the history of slavery in the long run.
1 August 2021
The Leverhulme Trust
1 January 2018
Judith welcomes applications from students interested in historical forms of enslavement, and in all forms of debt-related bondage in the early modern period.
Wilberforce Institute for the Study of Slavery and Emancipation
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