Richard Drayton

Position / Job title: Rhodes Professor of Imperial History

Department: History

Institution: Kings College London

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My main research interests are how commodities constitute the fabric of world history as they link work, exchange, consumption and capital in peripheries and centres.


Book Chapters:

  • Maritime Networks and the Making of Knowledge Drayton, R. 2007 Empire, The Sea and Global History: Britain's Maritime World, c.1760-c.1840 . Cannadine, D. (ed.). Palgrave Macmillan, p. 72 - 8
  • Knowledge and Empire Drayton, R. 1998 The Oxford History of the British Empire: Volume II: The Eighteenth Century. Marshall, P. J. (ed.). Oxford, Vol. 2, p. 231-252


  • Nature's Government Science, British Imperialism and the Improvement of the World Drayton, R. 2000 Yale University Press.

Journal Articles:

  • Collection and Comparison in the Sciences: A Seminar Manifesto Drayton, R. 1996 In : Sphaera. 1, 1