Slave Systems: Ancient and Modern

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Enrico Dal Lago, Constantina Katsari
Cambridge University Press, 2008 M03 13
A ground-breaking edited collection charting the rise and fall of forms of unfree labour in the ancient Mediterranean and in the modern Atlantic, employing the methodology of comparative history. The eleven chapters in the book deal with conceptual issues and different approaches to historical comparison, and include specific case-studies ranging from the ancient forms of slavery of classical Greece and of the Roman empire to the modern examples of slavery that characterised the Caribbean, Latin America and the United States. The results demonstrate both how much the modern world has inherited from the ancient in regard to ideology and practice of slavery; and also how many of the issues and problems related to the latter seem to have been fundamentally similar across time and space.
 

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setting an agenda for comparison
3
a crosscultural analysis
32
examples from the ancient Mediterranean and the modern Atlantic
70
Economics and technology of ancient and modern slave systems
103
The comparative economics of slavery in the GrecoRoman world
105
Slavery and technology in preindustrial contexts
127
Comparing or interlinking? Economic comparisons of early nineteenthcentury slave systems in the Americas in historical perspective
148
Ideologies and practices of management in ancient and modern slavery
185
the Jesuit ideology in Portuguese America and GrecoRoman ideas of slavery
214
Exiting Slave Systems
231
a typology
233
Emancipation schemesdifferent ways of ending slavery
265
Slavery and unfree labour ancient and modern
283
Spartiates helots and the direction of the agrarian economytoward an understanding of helotage in comparative perspective
285
Bibliography
321
Index
360

Ideal models of slave management in the Roman world and in the antebellum American South
187

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Acerca del autor (2008)

Enrico Dal Lago is Lecturer in American History at the National University of Ireland, Galway. His books include The American South and the Italian Mezzogiorno (2001), Slavery and Emancipation (2002) and Agrarian Elites: American Slaveholders and Southern Italian Landowners, 1815–1861 (2005).

Constantina Katsari is Lecturer in Ancient History at the University of Leicester. She is co-editor of Patterns in the Economy of Roman Asia Minor (2005) and is completing a monograph on the Roman monetary economy. Her articles on Roman economy and ideology have appeared in edited collections and internationally acknowledged periodicals.

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