The study of slavery has grown strongly in recent years, as scholars working in several disciplines have cultivated broader perspectives on enslavement in a wide variety of contexts and settings. Critical Readings on Global Slavery offers students and researchers a rich collection of previously published works by some of the most preeminent scholars in the field. With contributions covering various regions and time periods, this anthology encourages readers to view slave systems across time and space as both ubiquitous and interconnected, and introduces those who are interested in the study of human bondage to some of the most important and widely cited works in slavery studies.
Damian Alan Pargas (PhD 2009, Leiden University) is an associate professor of history at Leiden University. He is the author of two books and numerous articles on slave life in North America, and is the founder and chief editor of the Journal of Global Slavery.
Felicia Roşu (PhD 2009, Georgetown University) is an associate professor of history at Leiden University. Her research and publications examine the interplay of freedom and unfreedom in early modern east-central Europe and the frontier zones between Europe and the Ottoman empire.
Introduction: Global Perspectives on SlaveryDamian Alan Pargas and Felicia Roşu
Definitions and Global Approaches
1 Definition and Distinction from Kindred PhenomenaH. J. Nieboer 2 The Causes of Slavery or Serfdom: A HypothesisEvsey D. Domar 3 The Emergence of a Slave SocietyMoses I. Finley 4 Authority, Alienation, and Social DeathOrlando Patterson 5 The Anthropology of Slavery: The Womb of Iron and GoldClaude Meillassoux 6 Slavery: A Question of DefinitionSuzanne Miers 7 History as a Problem of SlavingJoseph Miller 8 Historiography and Research Problems of Slavery and the Slave Trade in a Global-Historical PerspectiveMichael Zeuske
Antiquity to the Early Modern Period
9 Between Slavery and FreedomMoses I. Finley 10 A Scientific Approach to Ancient Slavery?Niall McKeown 11 A Life-Course Approach to Household Slaves in the Late Third Millennium BCLaura Culbertson 12 Slavery, Freedom and Citizenship in Classical Athens: Beyond a Legalistic ApproachKostas Vlassopoulos 13 Justifications: Barbarians and Natural SlavesN. R. E. Fisher 14 Novel Evidence for Roman SlaveryKeith Hopkins 15 Resisting SlaveryKeith Bradley 16 Body Work: Slavery and the Pauline ChurchesJennifer A. Glancy 17 How and Why Ancient Slavery Came to an EndMarc Bloch 18 Slavery in Early China: A Socio-Cultural ApproachRobin D. S. Yates 19 Empire, Monotheism and Slavery in the Greater Mediterranean Region from Antiquity to the Early Modern EraJeffrey Fynn-Paul 20 Medieval Slavery in a New Geopolitical SpaceYouval Rotman 21 Slavery in Late Medieval EuropeWilliam D. Phillips 22 The Identity of the Slave in ScandinaviaRuth Mazo Karras 23 Slavery and Cultural AntipathyDavid Wyatt 24 An Explanation of Military SlaveryDaniel Pipes 25 War, Servitude, and the Imperial Household: A Study of Palace Women in the Chola EmpireDaud Ali
The Modern World: 1450–1900
26 The Geography of Slaving in the Early Modern Mediterranean, 1500–1800 Robert Davis 27 Piracy, Ransom Slavery and Trade: French Participation in the Liberation of Ottoman Slaves from Malta during the 1620s Pál Fodor 28 Shifting Patterns of Ottoman Enslavement in the Early Modern Period Ehud R. Toledano 29 Ransom Slavery Along the Ottoman—Hungarian Frontier in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth CenturiesGéza Pálffy 30 The Black Sea and the Slave Trade: The Role of Crimean Maritime Towns in the Trade in Slaves and Captives in the Fifteenth to Eighteenth CenturiesMikhail B. Kizilov 31 The Gypsies in the Romanian Lands during the Middle Ages: SlaveryViorel Achim 32 Serfs, Slaves, or Wage Earners? The Legal Status of Labour in Russia from a Comparative Perspective, from the Sixteenth to the Nineteenth CenturyAlessandro Stanziani 33 I Make Him My Dog/My SlaveBrett Rushforth 34 The Process of Enslavement and the Slave TradeJohn K. Thornton 35 Europeans and the Rise and Fall of African Slavery in the Americas: An InterpretationDavid Eltis 36 The Living Dead Aboard the Slave Ship at SeaStephanie Smallwood 37 From Creole to African: Atlantic Creoles and the Origins of African-American Society in Mainland North AmericaIra Berlin 38 Task and Gang Systems: The Organization of Labor on New World PlantationsPhilip D. Morgan 39 Rethinking Palmares: Slave Resistance in Colonial BrazilStuart B. Schwartz 40 The “Second Slavery”: Bonded Labor and the Transformation of the Nineteenth-Century World EconomyDale Tomich 41 Antislavery Debates: Tides of Historiography in Slavery and AntislaverySeymour Drescher 42 Indian Ocean Slaves in Cape Town, 1695–1807Nigel Worden 43 Slavery, Forced Labour and Resistance in Indian Ocean Africa and AsiaGwyn Campbell and Edward A. Alpers 44 Carrying Away the Unfortunate from India and Southeast Asia, 1500–1800Richard B. Allen 45 “Closed” and “Open” Slave Systems in Pre-Colonial Southeast AsiaAnthony Reid 46 The Structure of Slavery in the Sulu Zone in the Late Eighteenth and Nineteenth CenturiesJames Francis Warren 47 The Rise and Fall of the Transpacific Slave TradeTatiana Seijas
48 Illicit Human CargoesEric Tagliacozzo 49 Slavery and the Slave Trade as International Issues, 1890–1939Suzanne Miers 50 Trafficked into SlaveryJoel Quirk 51 Forced Marriage: Slavery Qua Enslavement and the Civil War in Sierra LeoneJean Allain 52 Slavery in its Contemporary ManifestationsKevin BalesIndex
Students and scholars interested in the history of slavery and human bondage around the world, from antiquity to the present day.