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Spring 2017-2018
* CLA 225 / MED 225 / AAS 263 / HLS 225 (HA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Bondage and Slaving in Global History

Dan-El Padilla Peralta

Ranging from the Neolithic to the 21st century, this course will survey the history of human bondage. Topics to be explored include the role of slavery in the rise of the first Neolithic states; the institutionalization of slavery in ancient Mesopotamia, the Greco-Roman Mediterranean, and ancient China; the proliferation of slave systems elsewhere in Eurasia and on the African continent; the economic and political transformation of the Old and New Worlds through the commodification of African and Native American bodies; and the feedback loops linking ancient slave systems to modern ones.

Sample reading list:
O. Patterson, Slavery and social death: a comparative study
J.C. Miller, The problem of slavery as history: a global approach
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
All our other readings will consist of selections from the books listed. The engine for our class will be the weekly response paper + partner critique.

Take Home Mid term Exam - 25%
Take Home Final Exam - 15%
Papers - 40%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
43357 L01 01:30:00 pm - 02:20:00 pm T Th   Scheide Caldwell House   203   Enrolled:9 Limit:20
43953 P01 12:30:00 pm - 01:20:00 pm Th   McCosh Hall   B11   Enrolled:9 Limit:15
43358 P99 TBA        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled