March 11, 2004

A Little More Eye Opening History

A million Europeans were enslaved between 1530 and 1780, according to a new book, Christian Slaves, Muslim Masters : White Slavery in the Mediterranean, the Barbary Coast and Italy, 1500-1800 by historian Robert Davis.

"One of the things that both the public and many scholars have tended to take as given is that slavery was always racial in nature that only blacks have been slaves. But that is not true," said Mr. Davis, an Ohio State University professor.

"Enslavement was a very real possibility for anyone who traveled in the Mediterranean, or who lived along the shores in places like Italy, France, Spain and Portugal, and even as far north as England and Iceland."

And let's remember that slavery is alive and well still in many parts of the world.

Posted by Ithildin at March 11, 2004 5:45 PM | PROCURE FINE OLD WORLD ABSINTHE

Bernard Lewis covered this in his book, Race and Slavery in the Middleast, you can read most of it at Fordham,

Chapters 1-9

Chapters 10-11

Recommnded if you don't mind reading it online, it may be hard to get in stores.

Posted by: JC at March 11, 2004 6:57 PM

Heh. I've been saying that there isn't any ONE people and/or culture that hasn't been 'enslaved' at some point or another throughout history. It's just that some people bitch and whine about it more than others. Get over it already, what's past is past.

Kel, intolerant bitch this morning

Posted by: Kel at March 12, 2004 5:04 AM