Introduction: Slavery, Social Revolutions and Enduring Memories

Paul J. Lane and Kevin C. Macdonald

in Slavery in Africa

Published by British Academy

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780197264782
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191754012 | DOI:

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

Introduction: Slavery, Social Revolutions and Enduring Memories

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Slavery played an important role in the economies of most historically documented African states of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. This introductory chapter considers the regionality and relative antiquity of various forms of enslavement on the African continent, as well as a range of emergent archaeological studies on the subject. Further, the lingering impacts of slave economies and the memories of enslavement are critically assessed, including consideration of recent efforts to document and ‘memorialise’ both the tangible and intangible heritage of slavery on the continent. The contributions to the present volume are situated within these issues with the aim of drawing out commonalities between chapters and emphasising the value of an inter-regional comparative approach.

Keywords: African states; regionality; antiquity; enslavement; archaeological studies; slave economies

Chapter.  10368 words. 

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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