The Routledge History of Slavery is a landmark publication that provides an overview of the main themes surrounding the history of slavery from ancient Greece to the present day. Taking stock of the field of Slave Studies, the book explores the major advances that have taken place in the past few decades of study in this crucial field.

Offering an unusual, transnational history of slavery, the chapters have all been specially commissioned for the collection. The volume begins by delineating the global nature of the institution of slavery, examining slavery in different parts of the world and over time. Topics covered here include slavery in Africa and the Indian Ocean World, as well as the Transatlantic Slave Trade. In Part Two, the chapters explore different themes that define slavery such as slave culture, the slave economy, slave resistance and the planter class, as well as areas of life affected by slavery, such as family and work. The final part goes on to study changes and continuities over time, looking at areas such as abolition, the aftermath of emancipation and commemoration. The volume concludes with a chapter on modern slavery.

Including essays on all the key topics and issues, this important collection from a leading international group of scholars presents a comprehensive survey of the current state of the field. It will be essential reading for all those interested in the history of slavery.

chapter |15 pages


ByTrevor Burnard, Gad Heuman

part |81 pages

Slavery as a Global Institution

chapter |16 pages

Greek and Roman Slavery

ByNiall McKeown

chapter |17 pages

Slavery in Africa

ByPaul E. Lovejoy

chapter |12 pages

Slavery In The Indian Ocean World

ByGwyn Campbell

chapter |16 pages

The Origins of Slavery in the Americas, 1500–1700

ByBetty Wood

chapter |18 pages

The Atlantic Slave Trade

ByTrevor Burnard

part |166 pages

The Character of Slavery

chapter |18 pages

Work and the Slave Economy

ByLorena Walsh

chapter |19 pages

The Demography of Slavery

ByRichard Follett

chapter |15 pages

Gender and Family Life

ByJennifer L. Morgan

chapter |17 pages

Remembered Pasts

African Atlantic religions
BySylvia R. Frey

chapter |17 pages

Slave Culture

ByMatt D. Childs

chapter |17 pages

The Planter Class

ByTrevor Burnard

chapter |16 pages

Resistance to Slavery

ByJames Sidbury

chapter |14 pages

Slave Rebellions

ByGad Heuman

chapter |14 pages

Free Coloureds

ByJohn Garrigus

chapter |17 pages

Race Relations in Slave Societies

ByTimothy James Lockley

part |82 pages

Changes and Continuities

chapter |14 pages

Slavery in the Age of Revolution

ByLaurent Dubois

chapter |17 pages

Abolition of the Atlantic Slave Trade

ByChristopher Leslie Brown

chapter |16 pages

Forging Freedom

BySteven Hahn

chapter |17 pages

Emancipation Day Traditions In The Anglo-Atlantic World

ByEdward B. Rugemer

chapter |16 pages

Modern Slavery

ByJoel Quirk