Transformations in Slavery: A History of Slavery in Africa / Edition 2

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This history of slavery in Africa from the fifteenth to the early twentieth century examines how indigenous African slavery developed within an international context." "Professor Lovejoy discusses the medieval Islamic slave trade and the Atlantic trade as well as the process of enslavement 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.
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Editorial Reviews

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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

  • ISBN-13: 9780521780124
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2000
  • Series: African Studies Series , #100
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 392
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul E. Lovejoy is a Distinguished Research Professor at York University, Toronto and holds the Canada Research Chair in African Diaspora History. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, director of the Harriet Tubman Institute for Research on the Global Migrations of African Peoples and a member of the UNESCO 'Slave Route' Project. Lovejoy's recent publications include Repercussions of the Atlantic Slave Trade (2010) and Slavery, Islam and Diaspora (2009). He is the editor of the Harriet Tubman Series on the African Diaspora for Africa World Press. He has received several awards, including an honorary doctorate from the University of Stirling in 2007, the President's Research Award of Merit from York University in 2009 and the Distinguished Africanist Award from the University of Texas, Austin in 2010.

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Table of Contents

List of Maps and Tables
Note on Currencies, Weights, and Measures
Preface to the Second Edition
1 Africa and Slavery 1
2 On the Frontiers of Islam, 1400-1600 24
3 The Export Trade in Slaves, 1600-1800 46
4 The Enslavement of Africans, 1600-1800 68
5 The Organization of Slave Marketing, 1600-1800 91
6 Relationships of Dependency, 1600-1800 112
7 The Nineteenth-Century Slave Trade 140
8 Slavery and 'Legitimate Trade' on the West African Coast 165
9 Slavery in the Savanna During the Era of the Jihads 191
10 Slavery in Central, Southern, and Eastern Africa in the Nineteenth Century 226
11 The Abolitionist Impulse 252
12 Slavery in the Political Economy of Africa 276
App Chronology of Measures Against Slavery 290
Notes 295
Bibliography 318
Index 355
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