Prof. Dr. Manuel Barcia Paz

Affiliated Researcher

University of Leeds
Pro-Dean International / Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures
Chair of Global History / School of History
Leeds, LS2 9JT
Phone: +44 (0) 113 343 4476

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Academic Profile

Manuel Barcia works on the history of slavery and the slave trade in the Atlantic world, and also on the transfers of West African warfare to the Americas. To date he has published 4 single-authored books and one co-authored book, plus numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals as well as book chapters. He has been an editor of Atlantic Studies, since 2013, and he also sits on the editorial boards of Slavery & Abolition, the Journal of Global Slavery, and Global Nineteenth Century Studies. At the moment, he is working on a book that will examine global ‘piracy’ suppression policies in the mid-nineteenth century.

Lic. (BA) in History. University of Havana

MA in Latin American and Caribbean Studies. University of Havana

MA in Comparative History. University of Essex

PhD in History. University of Essex

Current Position
Chair of Global History. School of History. University of Leeds.

Teaching Fellow in Modern History. University of Essex

Guest lecturer. Brazilian Studies. University of Nottingham

Lecturer in Latin American Studies. University of Leeds

Associate Professor of Latin American History. University of Leeds

Professor for Global History. University of Leeds

  • With Claudia Varella: Wage-Earning Slaves: Coartación in Nineteenth-Century Cuba, Gainesville: University of Florida Press, 2020.
  • The Yellow Demon of Fever: Fighting Disease in the Nineteenth-Century Atlantic Slave Trade, New Haven & London: Yale University Press, 2020.
  • West African Warfare in Bahia and Cuba: Soldier Slaves in the Atlantic World, 1807–1844, Oxford & New York: Oxford University Press, 2014; Paperback edition, 2016.
  • The Great African Slave Revolt of 1825: Cuba and the Fight for Freedom in Matanzas (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2012.
  • Seeds of Insurrection: Domination and Slave Resistance on Cuban Plantations, Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2008.

Articles and book chapters:

  • From Revolution to Recognition: Haiti’s Place in the Post-1804 Atlantic World, The American Historical Review 125, no. 3 (2020): 899–905.
  • Commanders in the Diaspora’: West African Warfare in Colonial Cuba and the Issue of Leadership. In: Aisha Finch and Fannie Rushing, eds., Breaking the Chains, Forging the Nation: The Afro-Cuban Fight for Freedom and Equality, 1812-1912 (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2019), 33–51.
  • 'Weapons from their Land’: Arming Strategies and Practices among West African Soldiers in Early Nineteenth-Century Bahia and Cuba, Slavery & Abolition 39, no. 3 (2018): 479–496.
  • With Effie Kesidou: Innovation and Entrepreneurship as strategies for success among Cuban-based firms in the late years of the transatlantic slave trade, Business History 60, no. 4 (2018): 542–561.
  • To Kill all Whites’: The Ethics of African Warfare in Bahia and Cuba, 1807–1844, Journal of African Military History 1, no. 1 (2017): 72–92.
  • Going back home: Slave suicide in nineteenth-century Cuba, Millars: Espai i Història 42, no. 1 (2017): 49–73.
  • Cuba in and after 2016: Some Initial Reflections, Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies 26, no. 1 (2017): 3–5.
  • Fully Capable of any Iniquity’: The Atlantic Human Trafficking Network of the Zangroniz Family, The Americas 73, no. 3 (2016): 303–324.
  • Powerful Subjects: The Duplicity of Slave Owners in Nineteenth-Century Cuba, International Journal of Cuban Studies 7, no. 1 (2015): 99–112.
  • West African Islam in Colonial Cuba, Slavery & Abolition 35, no. 2 (2014): 292–305.
  • An Atlantic Islamic Revolution: Dan Fodio’s Jihād and Slave Rebellion in Bahia and Cuba, 1804–1844, Journal of African Diaspora Archaeology and Heritage 2, no. 1 (2013): 6–18.
  • Un coloso sobre la arena: Definiendo el camino hacia la plantación esclavista en Cuba, 1792–1825, Revista de Indias 71, no. 251 (2011): 53–76.
  • With Matt D. Childs: Cuba. In: Mark Smith and Robert Paquette (eds.): The Oxford Handbook of Slavery in the Americas (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010), 90–110.
  • El Conde de Villanueva y la alternativa de la Cuba Grande: una aproximación a la labor de Claudio Martínez de Pinillos al frente de la Intendencia de Hacienda de la isla de Cuba, 1825–1851. In: Ma. Dolores González-Ripoll and Izaskun Álvarez Cuartero (eds.). Francisco de Arango y la invención de la Cuba azucarera (Salamanca: Ediciones Universidad de Salamanca, 2009), 289–300.
  • Rebeliones de esclavos, rebeliones de “libres de color”: una comparación entre Bahía y la Habana-Matanzas, 1795–1844. In: José A. Piqueras (ed.): Trabajo libre y coactivo en sociedades de plantación (Madrid: Siglo XXI, 2009), 345–368.
  • Locking Horns with the Northern Empire: Anti-American Imperialism at the Conference of 1966 in Havana, The Journal of Transatlantic Studies 7, no. 3 (2009): 208–217.
  • A Not-so-Common Wind: Slave Revolts in the Age of Revolutions in Cuba and Brazil, Review: The Journal of the Fernand Braudel Center 31, no. 2 (2008): 169–194.
  • Middle Passage Afflictions in the Work of Francisco Barrera y Domingo: Literature, Politics and Disease. In: Naana Opoku-Agyemang, Paul E. Lovejoy and David V. Trotman, eds., African and Trans-Atlantic Memories: Literary and Aesthetic Manifestations of Diaspora and History (Trenton and Asmara: Africa World Press, 2008), 53–64.
  • Les Epines de la Truite: Les juntes anti-françaises de La Havane en 1809,” Nuevo Mundo-Mundos Nuevos 8 (2008), online at:
  • Sugar, Slavery, and Bourgeoisie: The Emergence of the Cuban Sugar Industry. In: Ulbe Bosma, Juan Giusti-Cordero, and G. Roger Knight (eds.): Sugarlandia Revisited: Sugar and Colonialism in Asia and the Americas (Oxford and New York: Berghahn, 2007), 145–158.
  • Fighting with the Enemy’s Weapons: The Usage of the Colonial Legal Framework by Nineteenth Cuban Slaves, Atlantic Studies 3, no. 2 (2006): 159–181.
  • Exorcising the Storm: Revisiting the Origins of the Repression of the Conspiracy of La Escalera in Cuba, Colonial Latin America Historical Review 15, no. 3 (2006): 311–326.
  • Revolts amongst Enslaved Africans in Nineteenth-Century Cuba: A New Look to an Old Problem, The Journal of Caribbean History 39, no. 2 (2005): 173–200.
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