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What Is a Slave Society?


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1. Framing the question: what is a Slave Society? Noel Lenski; Part I. Ancient and Late Antique Western Societies: 2. Ancient Greece as a 'Slave Society' Peter Hunt; 3. Roman slavery and the idea of 'Slave Society' Kyle Harper and Walter Scheidel; 4. Ancient slaveries and modern ideology Noel Lenski; Part II. Non-Western Small-Scale Societies: 5. The nature of slavery in small-scale societies Catherine Cameron; 6. Native American slavery in global context Christina Snyder; 7. Slavery as structure, process, or lived experience, or why slave societies existed in pre-contact tropical America Fernando Santos-Granero; 8. Slavery in societies on the frontiers of centralized states in West Africa Paul Lovejoy; Part III. Modern Western Societies: 9. The colonial Brazilian 'Slave Society': potentialities, limits and challenges to an interpretative model inspired by Moses Finley Aldair Carlos Rodrigues; 10. What is a Slave Society? The American South Robert Gudmestad; 11. Islands of slavery: archaeology and Caribbean landscapes of intensification Theresa Singleton; Part IV. Non-Western State Societies: 12. Was nineteenth-century Eastern Arabia a 'Slave Society'? Matthew Hopper; 13. Slavery and society in East Africa, Oman, and the Persian Gulf Bernard K. Freamon; 14. Ottoman and Islamic societies: were they 'Slave Societies'? Ehud Toledano; 15. A microhistorical analysis of Korean Nobis through the prism of the lawsuit of Damulsari Kim Bok-rae; 16. 'Slavery so Gentle': a fluid spectrum of Southeast Asian conditions of bondage Anthony Reid; Conclusion. Intersections: slaveries, borderlands, edges James F. Brooks.

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Interrogates the traditional binary 'slave societies'/'societies with slaves' as a paradigm for understanding the global practice of slaveholding.

About the Author

Noel Lenski is Professor of Roman History at Yale University, Connecticut. A recipient of fellowships from the Humboldt and Guggenheim Foundations, he has published extensively on Roman imperial history, including Failure of Empire: Valens and the Roman State in the Fourth Century AD (2014) and Constantine and the Citites: Imperial Authority and Civic Politics (2016). Catherine Cameron is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Colorado Boulder. She is an Archaeologist of the America Southwest and has conducted a world-wide, cross-cultural study of captive-taking in prehistory. Cameron is the author of Captives: How Stolen People Changed the World (2016), co-editor (with Paul Kelton and Alan Swedlund) of Beyond Germs: Native Depopulations in North America (2016), and editor of Invisible Citizens: Captives and Their Consequences (2009).


'What Is a Slave Society? is highly engaging, broadly applicable, and surprisingly readable.' Lydial Wilson Marshal, African Archaeological Review

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