- Taschenbuch: 412 Seiten
- Verlag: Cambridge University Press; Auflage: 3 (26. Januar 2012)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0521176182
- ISBN-13: 978-0521176187
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 15,2 x 2,2 x 22,8 cm
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Transformations in Slavery: A History of Slavery in Africa (African Studies, Band 117) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 26. Januar 2012
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'As with all good history, Transformations in Slavery makes us see the present in the new light it casts on the past. This clear narrative is charged with philosophical sophistication and enlivened by well-placed anecdote.' Tony Voss, African Studies Quarterly
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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. The new edition revises statistical material and incorporates recent research.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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“Transformations in Slavery” is a detailed study of slavery in Africa. Dr.Lovejoy states in his Preface to the first edition (1979) that the history of slavery in Africa, as opposed to the Atlantic and Mid Eastern diaspora of Africans via enslavement is extensive and poorly studied. This 2012 edition is the third edition of this book; the first having been published in 1979.
Dr. Lovejoy examines the numbers, utilization, process of enslavement, marketing, and development of slavery inside Africa, concentrating on the Fifteenth through the Nineteenth Centuries. This is not a diatribe against slavery, nor an apologist essay. This is a fact and number filled overview of slavery in Africa as it existed from the fifteenth century through the nineteenth century. The detail as to numbers and locations is astonishing. The history is much more complete than I knew existed. Dr. Lovejoy throws much light on the development of plantation farming over these years and on the role of the Muslim traders, and how their changes from warrior to reformist impacted the slave trade and slave utilization. Dr Lovejoy gives us an understanding of the four major forms of slavery, Kin vs not Kin, plantation and other production, harem, and military. Dr. Lovejoy gives us a view of the impact of the European abolishment movement and some details as to how that movement affected the interior slave trade in Africa.
The book is well and clearly written. The charts and maps are helpful. The formatting on my ipad and iphone was good. This book is essential for anyone wanting to understand slavery as it existed in Africa and how that impacted both the Atlantic and the Muslim markets for slaves.
However, with all that said, this isn't a bad book by any means as far as the information goes. After all, he condensed centuries of slavery into about 400 pages, and succeeded in doing what he set out to do. If you are interested in this aspect of African history, or if you are an African American (like me), who wants to know more about the mechanism that brought us to the United States, read this book. I'd suggest for one to start with a different book first, but eventually, make sure to read this.
I'd give this a 4.5 if I could.
This book is repetitive as all hell, and is apparently written for fourth graders. The text is excruciating to read. The information underneath the nonsense is useful, but parsing it from the dreadful writing is inglorious labor.