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Arming Slaves: From Classical Times to the Modern Age

Christopher Leslie Brown and Philip D. Morgan


Arming slaves as soldiers is a counterintuitive idea. Yet throughout history, in many varied societies, slaveholders have entrusted slaves with the use of deadly force. This book surveys the practice broadly across space and time, encompassing the cultures of classical Greece, the early Islamic kingdoms of the Near East, West and East Africa, the British and French Caribbean, the United States, and Latin America. To facilitate cross-cultural comparisons, each chapter addresses four crucial issues: the social and cultural facts regarding the arming of slaves, the experience of slave soldiers, t ... More

Keywords: slaves, slaveholders, classical Greece, Islamic kingdoms, slave soldiers, slavery, Near East, Africa, East Africa, Caribbean

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780300109009
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300109009.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christopher Leslie Brown, editor

Philip D. Morgan, editor

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