The Routledge History of Slavery is a landmark publication that provides an overview of the main themes surrounding the history of slavery from ancient Greece to the present day. Taking stock of the field of Slave Studies, the book explores the major advances that have taken place in the past few decades of study in this crucial field.
Offering an unusual, transnational history of slavery, the chapters have all been specially commissioned for the collection. The volume begins by delineating the global nature of the institution of slavery, examining slavery in different parts of the world and over time. Topics covered here include slavery in Africa and the Indian Ocean World, as well as the Transatlantic Slave Trade. In Part Two, the chapters explore different themes that define slavery such as slave culture, the slave economy, slave resistance and the planter class, as well as areas of life affected by slavery, such as family and work. The final part goes on to study changes and continuities over time, looking at areas such as abolition, the aftermath of emancipation and commemoration. The volume concludes with a chapter on modern slavery.
Including essays on all the key topics and issues, this important collection from a leading international group of scholars presents a comprehensive survey of the current state of the field. It will be essential reading for all those interested in the history of slavery.
Introduction Gad Heuman and Trevor Burnard Part I: Slavery as a Global Institution 1. Ancient: Greek & Roman Walter Shiedel 2. African Paul Lovejoy 3. Indian Ocean Gwyn Campbell 4. Native American Slavery Alan Gallay 5. Origins of Early Modern Slavery Betty Wood 6. Transatlantic Slave Trade David Eltis Part II: The Character of Slavery 7. Work Philip Morgan 8. Demography Richard Follett 9. Family & Gender Jennifer Morgan or Diana Paton 10. Religion Sylvia Frey 11. Slave Culture Shane White 12. Slave Economy Roderick McDonald 13. Slave Resistance Stephanie Camp 14. Slave Rebellions Gad Heuman 15. Planter Class Trevor Burnard 16. Free Coloureds John Garrigus Part III: Changes and Continuities 17. Revolutions Sue Peabody 18. Abolition Christopher Brown 19. Forging Freedom Rebecca Scott 20. Modern Slavery Kevin Bales 21. Commemorations and Remembrance Catherine Hall
'The editors have gathered an outstanding collection of scholars who contribute brief, informative, up-to-date, and sometimes powerful essays on slavery, predominantly plantation slavery in the Americas. The volume kicks off with single essays about Greek and Roman slavery, slavery in Africa, and then slavery in the Indian Ocean world, the latter perhaps being the subject most unknown of any covered here. From there, the volume moves to the slave trade in the New World and the origins of slavery in the Americas. Part 2, "The Character of Slavery," features a particularly fine essay by Jennifer Morgan on gender and family life. Indeed, an emphasis on how gender shaped slavery itself is a particularly strong point of the volume. Part 3 includes four essays on slavery and freedom through the age of revolution and abolition, and concludes with a piece on modern slavery. The net result is as fine a scholarly introduction and resource volume as currently exists, indispensable for university libraries. Summing Up: Essential. All levels/libraries.' - P. Harvey, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs