Arming Slaves

Arming Slaves

by Christopher Brown
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300109008

ISBN-13: 9780300109009

Pub. Date: 01/01/2006

Publisher: Yale University Press


Arming slaves as soldiers is a counterintuitive idea. Yet throughout history, in many varied societies, slaveholders have entrusted slaves with the use of deadly force. This book is the first to survey the practice broadly across space and time, encompassing the cultures of classical Greece, the early Islamic kingdoms of the Near East, West and East Africa, the…  See more details below

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Arming slaves as soldiers is a counterintuitive idea. Yet throughout history, in many varied societies, slaveholders have entrusted slaves with the use of deadly force. This book is the first to survey the practice broadly across space and time, encompassing the cultures of classical Greece, the early Islamic kingdoms of the Near East, West and East Africa, the British and French Caribbean, the United States, and Latin America.

To facilitate cross-cultural comparisons, each chapter addresses four crucial issues: the social and cultural facts regarding the arming of slaves, the experience of slave soldiers, the ideological origins and consequences of equipping enslaved peoples for battle, and the impact of the practice on the status of slaves and slavery itself. What emerges from the book is a new historical understanding: the arming of slaves is neither uncommon nor paradoxical but is instead both predictable and explicable.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300109009
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
01/01/2006
Series:
The David Brion Davis Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
386
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.86(d)

Table of Contents

Arming slaves and helots in classical Greece14
The Mamluk Institution, or one thousand years of military slavery in the Islamic World40
Armed slaves and political authority in Africa in the era of the slave trade, 1450-180079
Making the Chikunda : military slavery and ethnicity in Southern Africa, 1750-190095
Transforming bondsmen into vassals : arming slaves in colonial Spanish America120
Arming slaves in Brazil from the seventeenth century to the nineteenth century146
Arming slaves in the American Revolution180
The arming of slaves in the Haitian Revolution209
Citizen soldiers : emancipation and military service in the revolutionary French Caribbean233
The slave soldiers of Spanish South America : from independence to abolition255
Armed slaves and the struggles for republican liberty in the U.S. Civil War274
Armed slaves and anticolonial insurgency in late nineteenth-century Cuba304
The arming of slaves in comparative perspective330

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