Questioning Slavery

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Psychology Press, 1996 - History - 202 pages
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For the best part of three centuries the material well-being of the western world was dependent on slavery. Yet these systems were mainly brought to a very rapid end. This text surveys the key questions of slavery, and traces the arguments which have swirled around its history in recent years. The latest findings on slavery are presented, and a comparative analysis of slavery in the English-speaking Americas is offered.
 

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Contents

EUROPE AFRICA
1
BUT WHY SLAVERY?
19
VARIETIES OF LABOUR
29
DOMINATION AND CONTROL
49
COLOUR RACE AND SUBJUGATION
72
MEN AND WOMEN
96
THE CULTURE OF RESISTANCE
117
CULTIVATING INDEPENDENCE
136
ENDING SLAVERY
158
FREEDOM AND VARIETIES OF SLAVERY
172
Notes
183
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About the author (1996)

James Walvin taught for many years at the University of York where he is now Professor of History Emeritus. He also held visiting positions in the Caribbean, the U.S.A. and Australia. He won the prestigious Martin Luther King Memorial Prize for his book Black and White, and has published widely on the history of slavery and the slave trade, including more recently Black Ivory and A History of British Slavery. His book The People's Game was a pioneering study of the history of football and remains in print thirty years after its first publication. His latest book, The Trader, The Owner, The Slave: Parallel Lives in the Age of Slavery, will be published by Random House UK in March 2008.

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