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Monographs and Edited Volumes

On these pages we publish monographs and edited volumes of our scientists published elsewhere in Germany and around the world. Based on BCDSS research projects and aimed at a wide professional readership, the monographs and edited volumes reflect the cluster's research methods and its wide-ranging interests in history, regional studies and cultural science. Manuscripts submitted for publication undergo an internal and external peer review process.


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Bethany J. Walker & Abdelkader Al Ghouz (eds.):
History and Society during the Mamluk Period (1250–1517). Studies of the Annemarie Schimmel Institute for Advanced Study III
Göttingen. Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht / Bonn University Press 2021.

Abstract: This volume is a collection of research essays submitted by fellows of the Annemarie Schimmel Kolleg, an Advanced Center of Research in Mamluk Studies. It covers three themes, which correspond to the research agenda of the final three academic years of the Annemarie Schimmel Kolleg. These were: environmental history, material culture studies, and im/mobility. The aim of the contributions is to overcome the disciplinary boundaries of the field and to engage in scholarly debates in Ottoman Studies, European history, archae-ology and art history, and even the natural sciences.





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Caroline Laske:
Law, Language and Change. A Diachronic Semantic Analysis of Consideration in the Common Law
Leiden. Brill 2021.

Abstract: In this monograph, Caroline Laske traces the advent of consideration in English contract law, by analysing the doctrinal development, in parallel with the corresponding terminological evolution and semantic shifts between the fourteenth and nineteenth centuries. It is an innovative, interdisciplinary study, showcasing the value of taking a diachronic corpus linguistics-based approach to the study of legal change and legal development, and the semantic shifts in the corresponding terminology. The seminal application in the legal field of these analytical methodologies borrowed from pragmatic linguistics goes beyond the content approach that legal research usually practices and it has allowed for claims of semantic change to be objectified. This ground-breaking work is pitched at scholars of legal history, law & language, and linguistics.



Cover.pngStephan Conermann & Michael Zeuske (eds.):
The Slavery / Capitalism Debate Global. From Capitalism and Slavery“ to Slavery as Capitalism
Leipziger Universitätsverlag 2021.

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 Cover.pngWolfram Kinzig & Jochen Sautermeister (eds.) with Natalie Thies:
Rausch. Ekstase zwischen Bacchanal und Cognitive Enhancement
Baden Baden: Ergon 2021.

Abstract: Since the beginning of time, human beings have consumed intoxicating drinks and substances. In addition, there are meditative techniques in almost all religions with which one can put oneself in a trance-like or ecstatic state and thus approach the divine. Nevertheless, intoxication, trance and ecstasy are taboo in many societies, unless they are experienced in a limited social space such as nightclubs or declared culturally productive in art, music or literature. The right to intoxication is controversially discussed among lawyers, pedagogues and physicians. Proponents like to point to the religious basis of intoxication, opponents to the moral duty of sobriety. A lecture series at the University of Bonn examined the ambivalence of "intoxication" from an interdisciplinary perspective - as a religious, psychological, social, legal and cultural-historical phenomenon. The results of this sensational lecture series are documented in the present volume. With contributions by Clemens Albrecht, Christoph Antweiler, Andreas Bell, Walter Bruchhausen, Robert Feustel, Dorothee Gall, Albert Gerhards, Tobias Janz, Jörg Kinzig, Wolfram Kinzig, Alexandra Philipsen, Irmgard Rüsenberg, Markus Saur, Jochen Sautermeister, Detlef Siegfried, Christoph Schreier, Birgitta Sträter, Nathalie Thies.



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Bethany J. Walker & Abdelkader Al Ghouz (eds.):
Living with Nature and Things. Contributions to a New Social History of the Middle Islamic Periods
Göttingen. Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht / Bonn University Press 2020.

Abstract: This edited volume represents the research results of two international conferences organized and sponsored by the Annemarie Schimmel Kolleg: "Environmental Approaches in Pre-Modern Middle Eastern Studies" and "Material Culture Methods in the Middle Islamic Periods". The following work consists of three parts, which correspond to the themes of the aforementioned conferences (Contributions to Environmental History and Material Culture Studies) and a third which bridges the gap between the two approaches (Practice and Knowledge Transfer). The present contributions cover a wide range of such topics as urban pollution, local perceptions of weather, rural estate economy, Sufi understandings of nature and the body and mind, houses and socialization, text and gardens, local know-how and interdependence in medieval Syrian agriculture, crop selection and the medieval agricultural economy.



Globalized PeripheriesCentral Europe and the Atlantic World, 1680-1860Jutta Wimmler & Klaus Weber (eds.):
Globalized Peripheries Central Europe and the Atlantic World, 1680-1860
Woodbridge: Boydell & Brewer 2020.

Abstract: Globalized Peripheries examines the commodity flows and financial ties within Central and Eastern Europe in order to situate these regions as important contributors to Atlantic trade networks.
The early modern Atlantic world, with its flows of bullion, of free and unfree labourers, of colonial produce and of manufactures from Europe and Asia, with mercantile networks and rent-seeking capital, has to date been describedalmost entirely as the preserve of the Western sea powers. More recent scholarship has rediscovered the dense entanglements with Central and Eastern Europe. Globalized Peripheries goes further by looking beyond slaveryand American plantations. Contributions look at the trading practices and networks of merchants established in Central and Eastern Europe, investigate commodity flows between these regions and the Atlantic world, and explore the production of export commodities, two-way migration as well as financial ties. The volume uncovers new economic and financial connections between Prussia, the Habsburg Empire, Russia, as well as northern and western Germany with the Atlantic world. Its period coverage connects the end of the early modern world with the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. 

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Slaves and Slave Agency in the Ottoman EmpireStephan Conermann & Gül Şen (eds.):
Slaves and Slave Agency in the Ottoman Empire.
Ottoman Studies / Osmanistische Studien, Vol. 7.
Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht / Bonn University Press 2020.

Abstract: Slaves and Slave Agency in the Ottoman Empire offers a new contribution to slavery studies relating to the Ottoman Empire. Given the fact that the classical binary of "slavery" and "freedom" derives from the transatlantic experience, this volume presents an alternative approach by examining the strong asymmetric relationships of dependency documented in the Ottoman Empire. A closer look at the Ottoman social order discloses manifold and ambiguous conditions involving enslavement practices, rather than a single universal pattern. The authors examine various forms of enslavement and dependency with a particular focus on agency, i. e. the room for maneuver, which the enslaved could secure for themselves, or else the available options for action in situations of extreme individual or group dependencies. 


Transgression und DevianzLennart Gilhaus, Imogen Herrad, Michael Meurer & Anja Pfeiffer (eds.):
Transgression und Devianz in der antiken Welt.
(Schriften zur Alten Geschichte)
Metzler: Berlin 2020.

Abstract: Norms facilitate and regulate social coexistence. Particular actions are designated and sanctioned as transgressive as the result of a process of negotiation. Transgressions and deviance may both stabilize and undermine established norms. The papers in this collection analyze select case studies from Classical Greece to Imperial Rome with the aim to generate impulses for the debate on norm and deviance in ancient societies. They focus on transgressive acts in, respectively, the cult of Artemis, the tragedian Agathon, and the writings of Cicero, Lucan and Tacitus.

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Kloss Fairer Handel CoverKatharina Gröne, Boris Braun, Sinah Kloß, Martin Schüller & Michael Bollig (eds.):
Fairer Handel: Chancen, Grenzen, Herausforderungen
[Fair Trade: Chances, Limits, Challenges]
oekom Verlag: Berlin 2020.

Abstract: This volume brings together the current state of research in the humanities and social sciences in the German-speaking world on the topic of fair trade. Despite an increased need for ethically responsible consumption, it has so far been discussed primarily in consumer research and hardly at all in the humanities and social sciences. Nine contributions, written by authors from very different disciplines, examine fair trade and its alternatives as a cultural phenomenon, analyze its value chains, and discuss its social, economic, and environmental impacts in a controversial way. In addition, there is a special focus on the Global South, which decisively expands previous research.

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Rethinking the Andes-Amazonia DivideAdrian J. Pearce, David G. Beresford-Jones & Paul Heggarty (eds.):
Rethinking the Andes – Amazonia Divide: A Cross-disciplinary Exploration
UCL Press: London  2020.

Abstract: Nowhere on Earth is there an ecological transformation so swift and so extreme as between the snow-line of the high Andes and the tropical rainforest of Amazonia. The different disciplines that research the human past in South America have long tended to treat these two great subzones of the continent as self-contained enough to be taken independently of each other. Objections have repeatedly been raised, however, to warn against imagining too sharp a divide between the people and societies of the Andes and Amazonia, when there are also clear indications of significant connections and transitions between them.

Rethinking the Andes – Amazonia Divide: A Cross-disciplinary Exploration brings together archaeologists, linguists, geneticists, anthropologists, ethnohistorians and historians to explore both correlations and contrasts in how the various disciplines see the relationship between the Andes and Amazonia, from deepest prehistory up to the European colonial period. The volume emerges from an innovative programme of conferences and symposia conceived explicitly to foster awareness, discussion and co-operation across the divides between disciplines. Underway since 2008, this programme has already yielded major publications on the Andean past, including Lenguas y Sociedades en el Antiguo Perú (2010, PUCP), History and Language in the Andes (2011, Palgrave Macmillan) and Archaeology and Language in the Andes (2012, Oxford University Press).  

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Conermann Mamluk SultanateReuven Amitai & Stephan Conermann (eds.):
The Mamluk Sultanate from the Perspective of Regional and World History: Economic, Social and Cultural Development in an Era of Increasing International Interaction and Competition.
[= Mamluk Studies, Vol. 17]
Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht / Bonn University Press 2019.









Conermann et al. TransottomanicaStephan Conermann, Albrecht Fuess & Stefan Rohdewald (eds.):
Transottomanica: Osteuropäisch-osmanisch-persische Mobilitätsdynamiken. Perspektiven und Forschungsstand.
[Transottomanica: Eastern European-Ottoman-Persian Mobility Dynamics. Perspectives and State of Research.]

[= Transottomanica. Osteuropäisch-osmanisch-persische Mobilitätsdynamiken,. Vol. 1]
Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht / Bonn University Press 2019.








Escravidao e DireitoMariana Armond Dias Paes:
Escravidão e Direito: o estatuto jurídico dos escravos no Brasil oitocentista, 1860–1888.
[Slavery and Law: The Legal Status of Slaves in Nineteenth-Century Brazil, 1860–1888].
São Paulo 2019. 

Abstract: Mariana Armond Dias Paes, Research Group Leader at the Cluster of Excellence "Beyond Slavery and Freedom", has launched her book Escravidão e Direito: o estatuto jurídico dos escravos no Brasil oitocentista, 1860–1888 (Slavery and Law: the Legal Status of Slaves in Nineteenth-Century Brazil, 1860–1888).

The book draws on an extensive archival research on legal doctrine and legal procedures filled before the Court of Appeals of Rio de Janeiro during the last decades of Brazilian slavery. The main argument of the book is that slavery law was not a "law of exception" but was fully in accordance with liberal legal principles and civil law norms. Slavery was not incompatible with liberalism. In order to sustain this argument, the chapters analyze issues such as legal personality and civil incapacity of slaves; the extent of their right of action; the limitations imposed on their capacity to acquire property and make contracts; the issue of slave family; the role of possession in determining people's statuses; the influence of master's will in shaping legal interpretations of civil law; and the existence of legal categories of people in between slavery and freedom.

If you would like to know more about the book, a video is available here.


Schwermann Criticising the RulerKarina Kellermann, Alheydis Plassmann & Christian Schwermann:
Criticising the Ruler in Pre-Modern Societies: Possibilities, Chances, and Methods.
[= Macht und Herrschaft, Vol. 6]
Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht / Bonn University Press, 2019.




Kinzig ChristenverfolgungWolfram Kinzig:
Christenverfolgung in der Alten Kirche
[Persecution of Christians in the Old Church].
[Beck Wissen 2898]
Munich: C.H. Beck 2019.




Handbuch Geschichte der SklavereiMichael Zeuske:
Handbuch Geschichte der Sklaverei: Eine Globalgeschichte von den Anfängen bis heute.
[Handbook on the History of Slavery: A Global History from the Beginnings to the Present Day].
2 Volumes.
Berlin & Boston 2019 (2nd edition).

Abstract: Michael Zeuske has completely revised and updated his standard work for the second edition as well as significantly expanded it. The history of slavery is systematically presented in this handbook for the first time in a global historical perspective. The starting point is an understanding of slavery as a capitalization of human bodies. It analyzes the most diverse forms, types and developmental epochs of slavery and human trafficking systems – on all continents, oceans and seas, in their respective names and historical-cultural context. On a broad empirical basis, a history of slavery is thus created, which began around 10,000 BC and continues to this day.     



Sklaverei - eine Menschheitsgeschichte von der Steinzeit bis heute

Michael Zeuske: 
Sklaverei: Eine Menschheitsgeschichte von der Steinzeit bis heute.
[Slavery. A History of Humankind from the Stone Age to the Present Day].
Stuttgart 2018.

Abstract: The term "slavery" brings to mind African workers on plantations in the Americas. But abduction and forced labor have been part of the human condition virtually from the moment people settled down, occurring all over the globe. In this comprehensive account Michael Zeuske takes us through the entire history of slavery in all parts of the world. He writes about child slaves in China, Ottoman elite slaves, and the so-called "court moors" ("Hofmohren") at the court of Prussian kings. His account includes our own times, where people are still being treated like goods – from forced prostitutes to child soldiers.

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Zeuske EsclavitudMichael Zeuske:
Esclavitud: Una Historia de la Humanidad. 

[Slavery: A History of Humankind from the Stone Age to the Present Day].
Pamplona 2018.










Sklaverei in der VormoderneStephan Conermann (Ed.):
Sklaverei in der Vormoderne: Beispiele aus außereuropäischen Gesellschaften. Dhau — Jahrbuch für außereuropäische Geschichte.
[Slavery in the Premodern Era: Examples from Non-European Societies. Dhau — Yearbook for Non-European History].
Saarbrücken 2017.

Abstract: The contributions to this edited volume explore forms of slavery and asymmetric dependencies in non-European pre-modern societies. Covering a wide range of societies, all have in common that their focus is on epochs prior to western influence and intervention which culminated in colonial order. Instead this collected volume wishes to provide access to emic concepts of the respective regions, which have not yet been overlaid by colonial conceptions.

While Anna Kollatz presents a study on Mughal India, Michael Zeuske focuses on China and Veruschka Wagner on the Ottoman Empire. Antje Gunsenheimer examines the phenomenon of slavery in Aztec society and Jeannine Bischoff deals with dependent peasants in Tibet.In a didactic article, Christian Grieshaber emphasizes the potential of the subject of Chinese slavery in history lesson. 


Slavery in the Ottoman World: A Literature Survey

Suraiya Faroqhi:
Slavery in the Ottoman World: A Literature Survey. Vol. 4.
Otto Spies Memory Lecture. Eds.: Stephan Conermann & Gül Şen.
Berlin 2017.

Abstract: After decades of relative neglect, Ottoman slavery in recent years has become a favoured topic among historians. New sources especially on the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries have become available, due to the progressive cataloguing of the Ottoman archives, especially the newly instituted secular Nizamiye courts providing evidence of the difficult road toward the abolition of slavery.

As in the later centuries of the empire's existence, Ottoman slaves were so often female the topic has also interested historians of Ottoman women. Given the "literary turn" in historiography worldwide and the critical questioning of – mostly but not exclusively – European primary sources, the reports of liberated former slaves have also attracted historians. Rather than studying slavery per se, this group of scholars investigates perceptions of "the other" and the ways in which ex-slaves who had managed to return to their home countries negotiated patrons and publishers in their attempts to get their stories into print.

The result is a bibliography, dating largely from recent years, with divergent directions and discourses. Perhaps the time has come to pull together the different threads and survey the results, emphasizing at every turn how provisional they really are. On this occasion, we will take the opportunity of identifying questions and sources, which, at least in the opinion of the present author, have not received the attention they deserve.


Die Sklaverei setzen wir mit dem Tod gleich: Sklaven in globalhistorischer PerspektiveWinfried Schmitz (Ed.):
"Die Sklaverei setzen wir mit dem Tod gleich": Sklaven in globalhistorischer Perspektive. Beiträge der Tagung vom 14. Januar 2016 in der Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Literatur.
["We Equate Slavery with Death": Slaves Seen from the Perspective of Global History. Proceedings from a Colloquium organized by the Academy of Sciences and Literature, Mainz, January 14, 2016].
Mainz 2017.






Antike Sklaverei zwischen Verdammung und BeschönigungWinfried Schmitz (Ed.):
Antike Sklaverei zwischen Verdammung und Beschönigung: Kolloquium zur Rezeption antiker Sklaverei vom 17. bis zum 20. Jahrhundert.
[Ancient Slavery between Condemnation and Glorification: Colloquium on the Reception of Ancient Slavery from the 17th to the 20th century].
Stuttgart 2016.







Römische Rechtsgeschichte

Wolfgang Kunkel & Martin Schermaier:
Römische Rechtsgeschichte.
[A History of Roman Law].
14th, revised edition.
Cologne & Vienna 2015.









Sklavenhändler, Negreros und AtlantikreolenMichael Zeuske:
Sklavenhändler, Negreros und Atlantkikkreolen: Eine Weltgeschichte des Sklavenhandels im atlantischen Raum.
[Slave Traders, Negreros and Atlantic Creoles: A World History of Slave Trade in the Atlantic Area].
Berlin & Boston 2015.








Die griechische GesellschaftWinfried Schmitz:
Die griechische Gesellschaft: Eine Sozialgeschichte der archaischen und klassischen Zeit.
[Greek Society: A Social History of the Archaic and Classical Period].
Heidelberg 2014.









MamlucikaStephan Conermann:
Studies on the History and Society during the Mamluk Era.
Studien zur Geschichte und Gesellschaft der Mamlukenzeit.

Göttingen 2013.









Handbuch der Sklaverei

 Michael Zeuske:
Handbuch Geschichte der Sklaverei: Eine Globalgeschichte von den Anfängen bis heute.
[Handbook on the History of Slavery: A Global History from the Beginnings to the Present Day].
Berlin & Boston 2013.










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