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Transformations in Slavery: A History of Slavery in Africa



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This is the 3rd edition with a publication date of 10/10/2011.
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This history of African slavery from the fifteenth to the early twentieth centuries examines how indigenous African slavery developed within an international context. Paul E. Lovejoy discusses the medieval Islamic slave trade and the Atlantic trade as well as the enslavement process 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. This new edition revises all statistical material on the slave trade demography and incorporates recent research and an updated bibliography.

Author Biography

Paul E. Lovejoy is a Distinguished Research Professor at York University and holds the Canada Research Chair in African Diaspora History.

Table of Contents

List of Maps and Tablesp. x
Note on Currencies, Weights, and Measuresp. xii
Prefacep. xiii
Preface to the Second Editionp. xvii
Preface to the Third Editionp. xxi
Africa and Slaveryp. 1
On the Frontiers of Islam, 1400-1600p. 24
The Export Trade in Slaves, 1600-1800p. 45
The Enslavement of Africans, 1600-1800p. 66
The Organization of Slave Marketing, 1600-1800p. 88
Relationships of Dependency, 1600-1800p. 108
The Nineteenth-Century Slave Tradep. 135
Slavery and "Legitimate Trade" on the West African Coastp. 160
Slavery in the Savanna during the Era of the Jihadsp. 185
Slavery in Central, Southern, and Eastern Africa in the Nineteenth Centuryp. 219
The Abolitionist Impulsep. 244
Slavery in the Political Economy of Africap. 267
Epiloguep. 281
Appendix: Chronology of Measures against Slaveryp. 285
Notesp. 293
Select Bibliographyp. 355
Indexp. 365
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