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What is a slave society?, the practice of slavery in global perspective, edited by Noel Lenski, Catherine M. Cameron.

The practice of slavery has been common across a variety of cultures around the globe and throughout history. Despite the multiplicity of slavery's manifestations, many scholars have used a simple binary to categorize slave-holding groups as either 'genuine slave societies' or 'societies with slaves'. This dichotomy, as originally proposed by ancient historian Moses Finley, assumes that there were just five 'genuine slave societies' in all of human history: ancient Greece and Rome, and the colonial Caribbean, Brazil, and the American South. This book interrogates this bedrock of comparative slave studies and tests its worth. Assembling contributions from top specialists, it demonstrates that the catalogue of five must be expanded and that the model may need to be replaced with a more flexible system that emphasizes the notion of intensification. The issue is approached as a question, allowing for debate between the seventeen contributors about how best to conceptualize the comparative study of human bondage
Table Of Contents
Cover -- Half-title -- Title page -- Copyright information -- Table of contents -- List of figures -- List of maps -- List of tables and Charts -- Notes on Contributors -- Acknowledgments -- Introduction: Slavery and Society in Global Perspective -- 1 Framing the Question: What Is a Slave Society? -- Genesis of the Idea of a "Slave Society" -- The Impact of the Model -- Ethnocentrism -- Fourth- to Second- Century BCE Carthage -- Sarmatians of the Second through Fourth Centuries CE -- Northwest Coast Indians of the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries CE -- Sokoto Caliphate of the Nineteenth Century -- Dahomey of the Nineteenth Century -- Categorical Imprecision -- A New Model -- Part I Ancient and Late Antique Western Societies -- 2 Ancient Greece as a "Slave Society" -- Introduction: Weak and Strong Concepts of "Slave Societies" -- The Heterogeneity of Classical Greek Society -- Athens as a "Slave Society" -- Were the Helots Slaves? -- Conclusion -- 3 Roman Slavery and the Idea of "Slave Society" -- Slave Society: A Useful Category of Analysis? -- Before the Idea of "Slave Society" -- Looking for Roman Slavery -- Conclusion -- 4 Ancient Slaveries and Modern Ideology -- An Archaeology of Finley's Theory 1: The Background -- An Archaeology of Finley's Theory 2: Developing the Model -- The Model and Its Context -- Finley and the Greeks -- Rome and the US South: Does Finley's Model Help? -- Conclusion -- Part II Non-Western Small-Scale Societies -- 5 The Nature of Slavery in Small-Scale Societies -- Who Was a Slave? -- Numbers -- Warfare, Captive-Taking, and the Creation of Status -- The Slave Economy in Small-Scale Societies -- Conclusions -- 6 Native American Slavery in Global Context -- Indigenous Slaving Practices -- Emancipation -- Comparative and Global Perspectives -- Conclusion
Literary Form
non fiction
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1 online resource (xvii, 508 pages), digital, PDF file(s).
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