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The Cambridge World History of Slavery

Volume 2. AD 500–AD 1420

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Craig Perry, David Eltis, Stanley L. Engerman, David Richardson, Jeff Fynn-Paul, Hussein Fancy, Michal Biran, Hannah Barker, Judith Evans Grubbs, Shaun Marmon, Steven A. Epstein, Don J. Wyatt, Seung B. Kye, Leslie C. Orr, Matthew S. Gordon; Ali Anooshahr, Stephan Conermann, Nur Sobers-Khan, Alice Rio, Noel Lenski, David Wyatt, Debra Blumenthal, Paul J. Lane, Camilla Townsend
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  • Date Published: October 2021
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521840675

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  • Medieval slavery has received little attention relative to slavery in ancient Greece and Rome and in the early modern Atlantic world. This imbalance in the scholarship has led many to assume that slavery was of minor importance in the Middle Ages. In fact, the practice of slavery continued unabated across the globe throughout the medieval millennium. This volume – the final volume in The Cambridge World History of Slavery – covers the period between the fall of Rome and the rise of the transatlantic plantation complexes by assembling twenty-three original essays, written by scholars acknowledged as leaders in their respective fields. The volume demonstrates the continual and central presence of slavery in societies worldwide between 500 CE and 1420 CE. The essays analyze key concepts in the history of slavery, including gender, trade, empire, state formation and diplomacy, labor, childhood, social status and mobility, cultural attitudes, spectrums of dependency and coercion, and life histories of enslaved people.

    • The first multi-author volume written by specialists to cover slavery in a wide variety of medieval contexts around the globe
    • Offers comparative coverage of slavery in seventeen different medieval societies and regions as well as thematic chapters on the practice of slavery
    • Completes the four-volume set, which is the first attempt to examine the role of slavery across 2.5 millennia of human history
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    • Date Published: October 2021
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521840675
    • length: 602 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 157 x 36 mm
    • weight: 0.99kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of figures
    1. Slavery in the medieval millennium Craig Perry, David Eltis, Stanley L. Engerman, and David Richardson
    Part I. Captivity and the Slave Trade:
    2. The greater Mediterranean slave trade Jeff Fynn-Paul
    3. Captivity, ransom, and manumission, 500–1420 Hussein Fancy
    4. Forced migrations and slavery in the Mongol empire (1206–1368) Michal Biran
    5. The trade in slaves in the Black Sea, Russia, and Eastern Europe Hannah Barker
    6. Slavery and the Slave Trade in the Western Indian Ocean Craig Perry
    Part II. Race, Sex, and Everyday Life:
    7. Child Enslavement in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages Judith Evans Grubbs
    8. Intersections of gender, sex, and slavery: female sexual slavery Shaun Marmon
    9. Attitudes toward blackness Steven A. Epstein
    10. Slavery and agency in the middle ages Craig Perry
    Part III. East and South Asia:
    11. Slavery in medieval China Don J. Wyatt
    12. Slavery in medieval Korea Seung B. Kye
    13. Slavery and dependency in medieval South India Leslie C. Orr
    Part IV. The Islamic World:
    14. Slavery in the Islamic Middle East (c. 600–1000 CE) Matthew S. Gordon
    15. Military slavery in medieval North India Ali Anooshahr
    16. Slavery in the Mamluk Sultanate Stephan Conermann
    17. Slavery in the early modern Ottoman empire Nur Sobers-Khan
    Part V. Africa, The Americas, and Europe:
    18. Slavery in the Carolingian empire Alice Rio
    19. Slavery in the Byzantine empire Noel Lenski
    20. Slavery in Northern Europe (Scandinavia and Iceland) and the British Isles, 500–1420 David Wyatt
    21. Slavery in medieval Iberia Debra Blumenthal
    22. Slavery in Africa c. 500–1500 CE: archaeological and historical perspectives Paul J. Lane
    23. Slavery in precontact America Camilla Townsend

  • Editors

    Craig Perry, Emory University, Atlanta
    Craig Perry is Assistant Professor in the Department of Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies and the Tam Institute for Jewish Studies at Emory University. His research on slavery in the medieval Middle East has been supported by fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Oxford University, and the Foundation for Jewish Culture.

    David Eltis, Emory University, Atlanta
    David Eltis is Emeritus Professor of History at Emory University, and has held visiting appointments at Harvard, Oxford, and Yale Universities. He is author of four prize-winning books and articles on slavery and the slave trade.

    Stanley L. Engerman, University of Rochester, New York
    Stanley L. Engerman is Emeritus Professor of Economics and former Professor of History at the University of Rochester. He has held visiting appointments at Harvard, Oxford, and Cambridge Universities, and has written over one hundred essays and co-authored or co- edited 25 books on slavery and related subjects. He is a recipient of the Bancroft Prize and the Guggenheim Fellowship.

    David Richardson, University of Hull
    David Richardson is founder and former director (2004-2012) of the Wilberforce Institute for the study of Slavery and Emancipation, Hull. He has held visiting positions at Harvard and Yale Universities. He has written extensively on transatlantic slavery and its impacts and more recently on contemporary slavery in historical perspective. He authored (with David Eltis) the award winning Atlas of the Transatlantic Slave Trade (Yale, 2010).


    Craig Perry, David Eltis, Stanley L. Engerman, David Richardson, Jeff Fynn-Paul, Hussein Fancy, Michal Biran, Hannah Barker, Judith Evans Grubbs, Shaun Marmon, Steven A. Epstein, Don J. Wyatt, Seung B. Kye, Leslie C. Orr, Matthew S. Gordon; Ali Anooshahr, Stephan Conermann, Nur Sobers-Khan, Alice Rio, Noel Lenski, David Wyatt, Debra Blumenthal, Paul J. Lane, Camilla Townsend

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