Arming Slaves: From Classical Times to the Modern Age (Google eBook)

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Christopher Leslie Brown, Philip D. Morgan
Yale University Press, Oct 1, 2008 - 384 pages
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Arming slaves as soldiers is a counterintuitive idea. Yet throughout history, in many varied societies, slaveholders have entrusted slaves with the use of deadly force. This book is the first to survey the practice broadly across space and time, encompassing the cultures of classical Greece, the early Islamic kingdoms of the Near East, West and East Africa, the British and French Caribbean, the United States, and Latin America.

To facilitate cross-cultural comparisons, each chapter addresses four crucial issues: the social and cultural facts regarding the arming of slaves, the experience of slave soldiers, the ideological origins and consequences of equipping enslaved peoples for battle, and the impact of the practice on the status of slaves and slavery itself. What emerges from the book is a new historical understanding: the arming of slaves is neither uncommon nor paradoxical but is instead both predictable and explicable.

  

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Contents

Introduction
1
Arming Slaves and Helots in Classical Greece
14
The Maml uk Institution or One Thousand Years of Military Slavery in theIslamic World
40
Armed Slaves and Political Authority in Africa in the Era of the Slave Trade14501800
79
Military Slavery and Ethnicity in Southern Africa 17501900
95
Arming Slaves in Colonial SpanishAmerica
120
Arming Slaves in Brazil from the Seventeenth Century to the NineteenthCentury
146
Arming Slaves in the American Revolution
180
Emancipation and Military Service in the RevolutionaryFrench Caribbean
233
From Independence toAbolition
255
Armed Slaves and the Struggles for Republican Liberty in the US Civil War
274
Armed Slaves and Anticolonial Insurgency in Late NineteenthCentury Cuba
304
The Arming of Slaves in Comparative Perspective
330
List of Contributors
354
Index
356
Copyright

The Arming of Slaves in the Haitian Revolutio
209

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About the author (2008)

Christopher Leslie Brown is associate professor of history at Rutgers University and coeditor of "Arming Slaves: From Classical Times to the Modern Age".

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