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Byzantine Slavery And The Meditterranean World

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Slavery may no longer exist as a legal institution, but we still find many forms of non-freedom in contemporary societies. It is a troubling paradox, and one this book addresses by considering a period in which the definition of slavery and freedom proved considerably flexible. Between more familiar forms of slavery--those of antiquity and of the Americas--the institution as it was practiced and theorized in the Byzantine Mediterranean was of a different nature.

Looking at the Byzantine concept of slavery within the context of law, the labor market, medieval politics, and religion, Youval Rotman illustrates how these contexts both reshaped and sustained the slave market. By focusing on a period of great change, his historical analysis brings a new perspective to concepts of slavery and freedom. In this period, when Byzantium had to come to terms with the rising power of the Islamic state, and to fight numerous wars over territory and economic interests, Rotman traces a shift in the cultural perception of slaves as individuals: they began to be seen as human beings instead of private property. His book analyzes slavery as a historical process against the background of the political, social, and religious transformation of the Mediterranean world, and demonstrates the flexible and adaptable character of this institution.

Arguing against the use of the term "slavery" for any extreme form of social dependency, Rotman shows instead that slavery and freedom are unrelated concepts. His work offers a radical new understanding of the geopolitical and religious dynamics that have defined and redefined slavery and freedom, in the past and in our own time.

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Slavery may no longer exist as a legal institution, but we still find many forms of non-freedom in contemporary societies. Arguing against the use of the term "slavery" for any extreme form of social dependency, Rotman shows instead that slavery and freedom are unrelated concepts. His work offers a radical new understanding of the geopolitical and religious dynamics that have defined and redefined slavery and freedom, in the past and in our own time.

About the Author

Youval Rotman is Assistant Professor of History at Yale University.

Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  1. Theoretical Approaches
  2. Medieval Slavery in a New Geopolitical Space
  3. Slavery, a Component of a Medieval Society
  4. Evolution of the Concept of Unfreedom
  • Conclusion: Slavery, Freedom, and Unfreedom
  • Appendixes
  • Bibliography

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674036116
Author:
Rotman, Youval
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Translator:
Todd, Jane Marie
Author:
Todd, Jane Marie
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
Byzantine Empire History 527-1081.
Subject:
Byzantine Empire Social conditions.
Subject:
Ancient - General
Subject:
Middle East - General
Subject:
Slavery
Subject:
Middle East - Turkey
Subject:
Medieval
Subject:
General-General
Subject:
HISTORY / Middle East/General
Subject:
Social Science-Slavery
Subject:
HISTORY / Social History
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Cloth
Publication Date:
November 2009
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1 map, 11 tables
Pages:
328
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » African American Studies » General
History and Social Science » Middle East » Turkey
History and Social Science » Politics » United States » Politics
History and Social Science » Sociology » Slavery
History and Social Science » Western Civilization » Byzantium
History and Social Science » Western Civilization » Medieval
History and Social Science » World History » Ancient History
History and Social Science » World History » Byzantium
History and Social Science » World History » General
History and Social Science » World History » Medieval and Renaissance
History and Social Science » World History » Middle East

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"Synopsis" by , Slavery may no longer exist as a legal institution, but we still find many forms of non-freedom in contemporary societies. Arguing against the use of the term "slavery" for any extreme form of social dependency, Rotman shows instead that slavery and freedom are unrelated concepts. His work offers a radical new understanding of the geopolitical and religious dynamics that have defined and redefined slavery and freedom, in the past and in our own time.
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