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Christian Slaves, Muslim Masters
White Slavery in the Mediterranean, The Barbary Coast, and Italy, 1500-1800
 
 
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16 Sep 2003
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14 Sep 2004
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In this book, Davis uses many new historical sources to re-examine one of the least understood forms of human bondage in modern times - the systematic enslavement of white, Christian Europeans by the Muslims of North Africa's Barbary Coast. Far from the minor phenomenon that many have assumed it to be, white slavery in the Maghreb turns out, in Davis' account, to have had enormous consequences, ensnaring as many as a million victims from France and Italy to Spain, Holland, Great Britain, the Americas, and even Iceland in the centuries when it flourished between 1500 and 1800. Whether dealing with the methods used by slavers, the experience of slavery, or its destructive impact on the slaves themselves, Davis demonstrates the many often surprising similarities between this 'other' slavery and the much better known human-bondage suffered at the very same time by black Africans in the Americas.


Description

In this book, Davis uses many new historical sources to re-examine one of the least understood forms of human bondage in modern times - the systematic enslavement of white, Christian Europeans by the Muslims of North Africa's Barbary Coast. Far from the minor phenomenon that many have assumed it to be, white slavery in the Maghreb turns out, in Davis' account, to have had enormous consequences, ensnaring as many as a million victims from France and Italy to Spain, Holland, Great Britain, the Americas, and even Iceland in the centuries when it flourished between 1500 and 1800. Whether dealing with the methods used by slavers, the experience of slavery, or its destructive impact on the slaves themselves, Davis demonstrates the many often surprising similarities between this 'other' slavery and the much better known human-bondage suffered at the very same time by black Africans in the Americas.


Reviews

'Christian Slaves, Muslim Masters is about a subject of immense importance, which has been strangely neglected...It is very well researched, and... at a time of unprecedented interest in racial slavery in America, it is interesting to read a crucial and informative preview to that subject.' - David Brion Davis, Yale University


Contents

Introduction and Acknowledgements
PART ONE: WHITE SLAVERY
How Many Slaves?
Slave Taking and Slave Breaking
PART TWO: BARBARY
Slave Labour
Slaves' Life
PART THREE: ITALY
The Home Front
Celebrating Slavery


Authors

ROBERT C. DAVIS is a Professor of Italian Social History at the Ohio State University. He has previously researched and written on gender in Renaissance Italian cities, on the shipbuilders of the Venetian state arsenal, on various forms of sport in Renaissance Venice, and on past and present-day tourism in Venice.