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Transformations in Slavery
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This history of African slavery from the fifteenth to the early twentieth centuries examines how indigenous African slavery developed within an international context. Paul E. Lovejoy discusses the medieval Islamic slave trade and the Atlantic trade as well as the enslavement process and the marketing of slaves. He considers the impact of European abolition and assesses slavery's role in African history. The book corrects the accepted interpretation that African slavery was mild and resulted in the slaves' assimilation. Instead, slaves were used extensively in production, although the exploitation methods and the relationships to world markets differed from those in the Americas. Nevertheless, slavery in Africa, like slavery in the Americas, developed from its position on the periphery of capitalist Europe. This new edition revises all statistical material on the slave trade demography and incorporates recent research and an updated bibliography.


'As with all good history, Transformations in Slavery makes us see the present in the new light it casts on the past. This clear narrative is charged with philosophical sophistication and enlivened by well-placed anecdote.'

Tony Voss Source: African Studies Quarterly

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  • Frontmatter
    pp i-vii
  • Contents
    pp ix-ix
  • Maps and Tables
    pp x-xi
  • Note on Currencies, Weights, and Measures
    pp xii-xii
  • Preface
    pp xiii-xvi
  • Preface to the Second Edition
    pp xvii-xx
  • Preface to the Third Edition
    pp xxi-xxiv
  • 1 - Africa and Slavery
    pp 1-23
  • 2 - On the Frontiers of Islam, 1400–1600
    pp 24-44
  • 3 - The Export Trade in Slaves, 1600–1800
    pp 45-65
  • 4 - The Enslavement of Africans, 1600–1800
    pp 66-87
  • 5 - The Organization of Slave Marketing, 1600–1800
    pp 88-107
  • 6 - Relationships of Dependency, 1600–1800
    pp 108-134
  • 7 - The Nineteenth-Century Slave Trade
    pp 135-159
  • 8 - Slavery and “Legitimate Trade” on the West African Coast
    pp 160-184
  • 9 - Slavery in the Savanna during the Era of the Jihads
    pp 185-218
  • 10 - Slavery in Central, Southern, and Eastern Africa in the Nineteenth Century
    pp 219-243
  • 11 - The Abolitionist Impulse
    pp 244-266
  • 12 - Slavery in the Political Economy of Africa
    pp 267-280
  • Epilogue
    pp 281-284
  • Appendix - Chronology of Measures against Slavery
    pp 285-292
  • Notes
    pp 293-354
  • Select Bibliography
    pp 355-364
  • Index
    pp 365-381
  • Books in this series
    pp 382-387


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