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Dr Oscar Webber’s research broadly focuses on the environmental history of the British Empire. He is specifically interested in responses to nature-induced disasters within the Empire and what their legacy has been for disaster preparedness in previously colonised regions. Oscar is currently writing his first book titled Negotiating Relief and Freedom: Responses to disaster in the British Caribbean, 1812-1907. It will be published in 2022 by Manchester University Press as part of their ‘Studies in Imperialism’ series. This book will shed new light on the ways in which the organisation of British colonialism in the Caribbean region shaped experiences of disaster. It will also explore the linkages between domestic poor relief policy and the forms in which disaster relief was distributed in the Caribbean. Oscar’s wider research interests concern environmental encounters and human responses to disaster more broadly. He is also currently in the process of researching the colonial governments of Sir William Reid (Bermuda, 1839-1846) and Sir Charles Bruce (Mauritius, 1897-1903) two governors who unlike their counterparts in the central Caribbean did much to increase hurricane resilience and preparedness in their colonies. This work is targeted for journal publication in 2020.
Before joining LSE in 2019, Oscar completed both his PhD (2018) and MA in Modern History (2015) at the University of Leeds where he also taught extensively. Before that, he completed his BA in History at the University of Hull.
The British Empire;
Dr Oscar Webber teaches the following courses in the Department:
At undergraduate level:
HY113: From Empire to Independence: The Extra-European World in the Twentieth Century
HY333: Enslavement, commerce, and political formations in West Africa, c. 1550-1836
At postgraduate level:
HY486: Practicing Abolition in the Atlantic World, c. 1807-1870
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