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Author Davis, Robert C. (Robert Charles), 1948-

Title Christian slaves, Muslim masters : white slavery in the Mediterranean, the Barbary Coast, and Italy, 1500-1800 / Robert C. Davis.

Published New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2003.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  306.3620945 DAVI    DUE 12-11-19
Physical description xxx, 246 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Series Early modern history.
Early modern history.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Some Currency Conversions viii -- Some Exemplary Prices xi -- Part I White Slavery -- 1 How Many Slaves? 3 -- 2 Slave Taking and Slave Breaking 27 -- Part II Barbary -- 3 Slave Labor 69 -- 4 Slaves' Life 103 -- Part III Italy -- 5 Home Front 139 -- 6 Celebrating Slavery 175.
Summary In this book Robert C. 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.
Subject Slave trade -- Africa, North -- History.
Slave trade -- Italy -- History.
Christians -- Africa, North -- History.
Christians -- Italy -- History.
Muslims -- Commerce -- Africa, North -- History.
Muslims -- Commerce -- Italy -- History.
Variant Title White slavery in the Mediterranean, the Barbary Coast, and Italy, 1500-1800.
ISBN 0333719662