Dr Douglas Hamilton is Reader in the Department of History at the University of Winchester. He specialises in the history of the 18th-century British Atlantic World, with a particular focus on the Caribbean. He also works on representations of slavery. He published a monograph in 2005 on Scotland, the Caribbean and the Atlantic World, 1750 - 1820 (Manchester: Manchester University Press), and has edited several other volumes of collected essays. He also worked as curator of 18th-century Maritime and Imperial History at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich.