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Historicising Ancient Slavery$
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Kostas Vlassopoulos

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9781474487214

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2022

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474487214.001.0001

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(p.14) 2 Historiographies
Historicising Ancient Slavery

Kostas Vlassopoulos

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter offers a historiographical overview of the study of ancient slavery from the eighteenth century till the present. The chapter examines in detail the work of Moses Finley, which has set the main parameters of the traditional paradigm. It focuses on the emergence of the dominant paradigm and the three major debates that have shaped it: the modernist, the humanitarian and the class struggle debates. The chapter also follows recent work on ancient slavery which has challenged the traditional approach and reviews developments in the study of global slavery; in combination, these two trends have set the stage for the novel framework presented in the rest of the book.

Keywords:   Moses Finley, Historiography, ancient slavery, US slavery, global slavery

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