Slavery: A World History

Overview

Slavery is not and has never been a ”peculiar institution,” but one that is deeply rooted in the history and economy of most countries. Although it has flourished in some periods and declined in others, human bondage for profit has never been eradicated completely.In Slavery: A World History renowned author Milton Meltzer traces slavery from its origins in prehistoric hunting societies; through the boom in slave trading that reached its peak in the United States with a pre-Civil War slave population of 4,000,000;...

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Overview

Slavery is not and has never been a ”peculiar institution,” but one that is deeply rooted in the history and economy of most countries. Although it has flourished in some periods and declined in others, human bondage for profit has never been eradicated completely.In Slavery: A World History renowned author Milton Meltzer traces slavery from its origins in prehistoric hunting societies; through the boom in slave trading that reached its peak in the United States with a pre-Civil War slave population of 4,000,000; through the forced labor under the Nazi regime and in the Soviet gulags; and finally to its widespread practice in many countries today, such as the debt bondage that miners endure in Brazil or the prostitution into which women are sold in Thailand. In this detailed, compassionate account, readers will learn how slavery arose, what forms it takes, what roles slaves have performed in their societies, what everyday existence is like for those enchained, and what can be done to end the degrading practice of slavery.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
This volume combines Slavery: From the Rise of Western Culture to the Renaissance and Slavery II: From the Renaissance to Today , published back-to-back in 1971 and 1972, respectively. LJ 's reviewer praised Meltzer's style, saying he ``writes directly without sentimentality . . . . What emerges with especially graphic force is the life, the hopes, and fears of the slaves themselves'' ( LJ 5/15/71). This updated edition covers the continued use of slaves in Thailand, Saudi Arabia, and other countries.
Library Journal
Though subtitled "A World History," this work pretty much confines itself to the ancient Near East, Greece, Rome, and the West. However, it does deal with Nazi and Soviet slavery and contemporary slavery in such places as Brazil and Thailand. Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780306805363
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/1993
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 612
  • Sales rank: 1,011,704
  • Product dimensions: 1.36 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Milton Meltzer, a distinguished historian and biographer, is the author of more than eighty books. Among his many honors are five nominations for the National Book Award. He collaborated with Langston Hughes on Black Magic(also available from Da Capo Press/Perseus Book Group) and A Pictorial History of Black Americans.

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