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Christian Slaves, Muslim Masters: White Slavery in the Mediterranean, the Barbary Coast and Italy, 1500-1800 (Early Modern History: Society and Culture)

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This is a study that digs deeply into this "other" slavery, the bondage of Europeans by north-African Muslims that flourished during the same centuries as the heyday of the trans-Atlantic trade from sub-Saharan Africa to the Americas. Here are explored--perhaps for the first time--the actual extent of Barbary Coast slavery, the dynamic relationship between master and slave
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Paperback, 280 pages
Published November 27th 2004 by Palgrave Macmillan (first published December 5th 2003)
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Brigette
Eye-opening - this book has made me completely rethink the way I view race and religion in historical contexts. As both a student and a teacher I have always observed the subject of slavery taught and understood as very dichotomous subject - African slaves, white american masters with a footnote about slavery existing in the ancient world. Not only was I surprised to see how slavery flourished in the Mediterranean just as the African slave trade became established, I have also begun to consider ...more
liirogue
The author does an excellent job of examining slavery in the Mediterranean - something I had no idea was so widespread. The economic and social impact this practice had is astounding, especially when you realize just how little information has been published about white slavery for this time.

Davis describes how slaves were typically captured, what their lives were like, and how they could expect to get their freedom. Slavery in North Africa had some unusual qualities, such as requiring slaves to
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Sean Mccarrey
I thought this book was quite intriguing. My only major complaint was that the author could have put five pages max somewhere in the book that highlighted the history of the broader region in a way that would connect his views to the scope of attention shown in Braudel's works. Other than that the book was a fascinating look into the world of slavery along the Barbary coast. It was refreshing to read a book like this due to the fact that popular culture will most likely not retain this informati ...more
Jpp
Une face de l esclavage oubliée...
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