Arming Slaves: From Classical Times to the Modern Age by Christopher Leslie Brown, Philip D. Morgan

By Christopher Leslie Brown, Philip D. Morgan

Arming slaves as infantrymen is a counterintuitive inspiration. but all through background, in lots of diversified societies, slaveholders have entrusted slaves with using lethal strength. This e-book is the 1st to survey the perform largely throughout area and time, encompassing the cultures of classical Greece, the early Islamic kingdoms of the close to East, West and East Africa, the British and French Caribbean, the U.S., and Latin America.

To facilitate cross-cultural comparisons, every one bankruptcy addresses 4 an important concerns: the social and cultural proof concerning the arming of slaves, the adventure of slave squaddies, the ideological origins and results of equipping enslaved peoples for conflict, and the impression of the perform at the prestige of slaves and slavery itself. What emerges from the booklet is a brand new historic knowing: the arming of slaves is neither unusual nor paradoxical yet is as a substitute either predictable and explicable.

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Ober and C. Hedrick (Princeton, 1996); Barry Strauss, ‘‘Perspectives on the Death of Fifth-Century Athenian Seamen,’’ in War and Violence in Ancient Greece, ed. Hans van Wees (London, 2000); and David Pritchard, ‘‘ ‘The Fractured Imaginary’: Popular Thinking on Military Matters in Fifth-Century Athens,’’ Ancient History: Resources for Teachers 28 (1998): 38–61. 15. 2. 16. The scholarship on Greek attitudes toward slaves is huge. My views can be found in Hunt, Slaves, Warfare, and Ideology (with bibliography), 126–138 (polar opposites to citizens), 146–160 (defeated in war), 160–164 (childish and cowardly), 48–50 and 158– 159 (inferior foreigners).

An essential part of the plan is to give them their freedom with their muskets. This will secure their fidelity, animate their courage, and I believe will have a good influence upon those who remain, by opening a door to their emancipation. This circumstance, I confess, has no small weight in inducing me to wish the success of the project; for the dictates of humanity and true policy equally interest me in favor of this unfortunate class of men’’ (Alexander Hamilton to John Jay, March 14, 1779, in The Papers of Alexander Hamilton, ed.

10. 315–321. See The Iliad of Homer, translated with an introduction by Richmond Lattimore (Chicago, 1951). 11. Hanson, Other Greeks, 219–242, provides a lucid introduction with bibliography to the complex and contested relation of military change and the expansion of political rights. See also Yvon Garlan, War in the Ancient World: A Social History, trans. Janet Lloyd (London, 1975). 12. 1. 13. , Greek Lyrics (Chicago, 1949), 14. 14. See most recently Barry Strauss, ‘‘The Athenian Trireme, School of Democracy,’’ in Demokratia: A Conversation on Democracies Ancient and Modern, ed.

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