October 2000, Wiley-Blackwell
Turley analyses three key themes in the history of slavery: the social and economic importance of slavery within societies, the experience of slavery by both the slaves and those who control them, and the means by which slavery was reproduced and maintained in different societies. Employing this thematic approach, Turley acknowledges the historical diversity of slavery and develops two models of slave societies - those in which slavery was primarily a domestic institution (societies with slaves) and in those in which it was the mode of production on which the dominant group depended for its position (slave societies).
The book also explains how slavery was maintained by discussing the role of race, ethnicity and religious differences in the functioning of slave systems. Turley completes this wide-ranging analysis of slavery by examining emancipation, showing that both the early modern expansion of slavery and its ending were paradoxically connected to different phases of European imperialism.
1. Approaching Slavery.
2. Who Became Slaves, How, on What Terms?.
3. Societies with Slave and Slave Societies.
4. Stability and Disruption.
5. The Contraction of lavery.
Studies at the University of Kent at Canterbury. His previous books include The Culture of English Anti-Slavery, 1780-1860 (1991) and American Religion (1998).
* Considers the ways in which Christianity and Islam have affected slavery.
* Analyzes why forms of enslavement continue.
"Slavery covers the whole history from Classical times to
the early 20th century in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the
Americas - a boon for students." Antiquity
"...specialist readers would do well to take note of the
judicious way in which Turley summarizes complex and controversial
issues ... for anyone looking for an overview of the subject, it is
hard to think of a better place to start." Times Literary
"His bibliography is an excellent short reading list for
scholars seeking to expand their knowledge beyond the Western
Hemisphere ... The strength of Turley's book is its breadth of
patterns and examples over time and culture." History: Reviews
of New Books
"... provides a useful introduction that avoids the simplifications often attendant upon overview ... As a result, the picture that emerges is blessed not only by clarity of form but also by a convincing complexity of content" The Historian