Arming Slaves: From Classical Times to the Modern Age

Arming Slaves: From Classical Times to the Modern Age

by Christopher Leslie Brown
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300109008

ISBN-13: 9780300109009

Pub. Date: 06/08/2006

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

Overview

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:
06/08/2006
Series:
David Brion Davis Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Maps....................ix
Acknowledgments....................xv
Introduction, by David Brion Davis....................1
Arming Slaves and Helots in Classical Greece, by Peter Hunt....................14
The Mamluk Institution, or One Thousand Years of Military Slavery in the Islamic World, by Reuven Amitai....................40
Armed Slaves and Political Authority in Africa in the Era of the Slave Trade, 1450-1800, by John Thornton....................79
Making the Chikunda: Military Slavery and Ethnicity in Southern Africa, 1750-1900, by Allen Isaacman and Derek Peterson....................95
Transforming Bondsmen into Vassals: Arming Slaves in Colonial Spanish America, by Jane Landers....................120
Arming Slaves in Brazil from the Seventeenth Century to the Nineteenth Century, by Hendrik Kraay....................46
Arming Slaves in the American Revolution, by Philip D. Morgan and Andrew Jackson O'Shaughnessy....................180
The Arming of Slaves in the Haitian Revolution, by David Geggus....................209
Citizen Soldiers: Emancipation and Military Service in the Revolutionary French Caribbean, by Laurent Dubois....................233
The Slave Soldiers of Spanish South America: From Independence to Abolition, by Peter Blanchard....................255
Armed Slaves and the Struggles for Republican Liberty in the U.S. Civil War, by Joseph P. Reidy....................274
Armed Slaves and Anticolonial Insurgency in Late Nineteenth-Century Cuba, by Ada Ferrer....................304
The Arming of Slaves in Comparative Perspective, by Christopher Leslie Brown....................330
List ofContributors....................354
Index....................356

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