Slavery and the slave trade in the Eastern Mediterranean: (c. 1000-1500 CE)

Reuven Amitai (Editor), Christoph Cluse (Editor)

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"Slavery has played a significant role in the history of human society, not the least in the greater Mediterranean region, since ancient times. Long neglected by mainstream historians, the medieval history of slavery has received an increasing amount of attention by scholars, since the pioneering work of Charles Verlinden (1907-1996). Today historians have generally laid to rest the nineteenth-century preoccupation with whether slavery was a significant 'mode of production' in the post-classical period, to concentrate on the changing face of the institution over time by looking at legal norms, linguistic representations and social practice. This volume presents a multi-faceted and interdisciplinary approach to slavery and the slave trade in the Eastern Mediterranean region in the pre-modern period, placing these into a larger historical and cultural context. It surveys the significance of slavery in the three monotheistic traditions, the involvement of Eastern and Western merchants and other agents in the slave trade, and offers new interpretations concerning the nature of this commerce."--
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationTurnhout, Belgium
Number of pages487
ISBN (Electronic)2503570194, 2503570208, 9782503570198, 9782503570204
StatePublished - 2017

Publication series

NameMediterranean nexus 1100-1700 (Series)

Bibliographical note

Based on a conference held at the University of Trier, September 7-9, 2009.


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