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Transformations in Slavery
A History of Slavery in Africa

3rd Edition

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Part of African Studies

  • Date Published: October 2011
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107002968

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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.

    • Surveys African history, focusing on slavery
    • Provides background for the study of slavery in the Americas
    • Shows the development of the African diaspora
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    Reviews & endorsements

    Praise for the previous editions of Transformations in Slavery: “… it must be stressed that this is an important contribution to African studies, which also synthesizes available information about the slave trade. It is already being widely used for student essays, and looks set to become one of the textbooks of African history for many years to come.” – William Gervase Clarence-Smith, African Affairs

    “Lovejoy produced a book which was both comprehensive and analytic … this book provided the framework for much subsequent research on African slavery. Lovejoy looked at early slavery and at the impact of a series of expanding frontiers in expanding the trade and redefining the use of slaves within Africa.” – Martin A. Klein, Canadian Journal of African Studies

    “… the author is to be congratulated for his temerity in tackling a difficult task and producing a viable, comprehensive, and emotionally balanced work which will be of great help to scholars and should lead to lively discussion.” – Suzanne Miers, Canadian Journal of African Studies

    “This is a very important book. It will almost certainly excite controversy, for while he is clear about the intensification of servitude as a consequence of the external trade he does not portray indigenous systems as benign. Withal he pushes slavery into the forefront of African historiography and there can be little doubt it belongs there.” – Richard Rathbone, Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies

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    Product details

    • Edition: 3rd Edition
    • Date Published: October 2011
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107002968
    • length: 412 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 27 mm
    • weight: 0.77kg
    • contains: 6 maps 27 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Africa and slavery
    2. On the frontiers of Islam, 1400–1600
    3. The export trade in slaves, 1600–1800
    4. The enslavement of Africans, 1600–1800
    5. The organization of slave marketing, 1600–1800
    6. Relationships of dependency, 1600–1800
    7. The nineteenth-century slave trade
    8. Slavery and 'legitimate trade' on the west African coast
    9. Slavery in the savanna during the era of the Jihads
    10. Slavery in central, southern, and eastern Africa in the nineteenth century
    11. The abolitionist impulse
    12. Slavery in the political economy of Africa.

  • Author

    Paul E. Lovejoy, York University, Toronto
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