A Brief History of Slavery
Black (Jeremy)
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  1. The story of slavery – from the ancient world to the present day
  2. In this panoramic history, leading historian Jeremy Black explores slavery from its origins – the uprising of Spartacus and the founding of the plantations in the Indies – to its contemporary manifestations as human-trafficking and bonded labour.
  3. Black reveals how slavery served to consolidate empires and shape New World societies such as America and Brazil, and the way in which slave trading across the Atlantic changed the Western world. He assesses the controversial truth behind the complicity of Africans within the trade, which continued until the long, hard fight for abolition in the nineteenth century. Black gives voice to both the campaigners who fought for an end to slavery, and the slaves who spoke of their misery.
  4. In this comprehensive and thoughtful account of the history of slavery, the role of slavery in the modern world is examined and Black shows that it is still widespread today in many countries.

    Abbreviations – ix
    Preface – xi
    Introduction – 1
  1. Pre-1500 – 12
  2. The Age of Conquest, 1500-1600 – 51
  3. The Spread of Capitalist Slavery, 1600-1700 – 69
  4. Slavery Before Abolitionism, 1700-1780 – 102
  5. Revolution, Abolitionism and the Contrasting Fortunes of the Slave Trade and Slavery, 1780-1850 – 152
  6. The End of Slavery, 1830-1930? – 192
  7. A Troubled Present, 1930-2011 – 230
  8. Legacies and Conclusions – 246
    Notes – 260
    Selected Further Reading – 300
    Index – 303

Amazon Book Description1
  1. A thought-provoking and important book that raises essential issues crucial not only for our past but also the present day.
  2. In this panoramic history, Jeremy Black tells how slavery was first developed in the ancient world, and reaches all the way to present day and the contemporary crimes of trafficking and bonded labour. He shows how slavery has taken many forms throughout history and across the world - from the uprising of Spartacus, the plantations of the Indies, and the murderous forced labour of the gulags and concentration camps.
  3. Slavery helped consolidated transoceanic empires and helped mould new world societies such as America and Brazil.
  4. In the Atlantic trade, Black also looks at the controversial area of how complicit the African peoples were in the trade. He then charts the long fight for abolition in the 19th century, including both the campaigners as well as the lost voices of the slaves themselves who spoke of their misery.
  5. Finally, as Black points out, slavery has not been completely abolished today and coerced labour can be found closer to home than is comfortable.
  6. Jeremy Black is, according to Andrew Roberts2, the most underrated historian in Britain. MBE and Professor of History at Exeter University. He is the author of over 100 books and is one of the most respected military historians in the world. He is a Member of the Council of the Royal Historical Society.


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Robinson (18 Aug. 2011)

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