21. June 2023

New Publication: The Palgrave Handbook of Global Slavery throughout History New Publication: The Palgrave Handbook of Global Slavery throughout History

A concise introduction to slavery in different settings across the world

Congratulations to editors DAMIAN A. PARGAS and JULIANE SCHIEL for this milestone publication in Global Slavery! As one of the first of its kind, it sets new standards for slavery history writing. Among the contributors of the handbook are cluster members Dr. Emma Kalb, Dr. Josef Köstlbauer, Prof. Dr. Noel Lenski, Prof. Dr. Karoline Noack, Prof. Dr. Damian A. Pargas, Dr. Elena Smolarz, Prof. Dr. Michael Zeuske, and former fellows Prof. Dr. Trevor Burnard and Dr. Claude Chevaleyre

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This open access handbook takes a comparative and global approach to analyze the practice of slavery throughout history. To understand slavery - why it developed, and how it functioned in various societies – is to understand an important and widespread practice in world civilizations. With research traditionally being dominated by the Atlantic world, this collection aims to illuminate slavery that existed in not only the Americas but also ancient, medieval, North and sub-Saharan African, Near Eastern, and Asian societies. Connecting civilizations through migration, warfare, trade routes and economic expansion, the practice of slavery integrated countries and regions through power-based relationships, whilst simultaneously dividing societies by class, race, ethnicity and cultural group. Uncovering slavery as a globalizing phenomenon, the authors highlight the slave-trading routes that crisscrossed Africa, helped integrate the Mediterranean world, connected Indian Ocean societies and fused the Atlantic world. Split into five parts, the handbook portrays the evolution of slavery from antiquity to the contemporary era and encourages readers to realize similarities and differences between various manifestations of slavery throughout history. Providing a truly global coverage of slavery, and including thematic injections within each chronological part, this handbook is a comprehensive and transnational resource for all researchers interested in slavery, the history of labor, and anthropology.
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