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Chronology of world slavery
Rodriguez, Junius P.
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Santa Barbara, Calif. : ABC-CLIO, 1999.
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xxiii, 580 pages : illustrations, maps ; 29 cm
Ancient World -- Europe -- Asia -- Africa -- Latin America -- United States -- Contemporary history -- Documents.
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Chronology of World Slavery combines multiple chronologies, sidebars on specialized topics, primary source documents, and gripping illustrations into a compelling portrayal of slavery from the dawn of civilization to the present. Organized by geographic region and time period, this work enables readers to gain a quick understanding of how long slavery has been part of human life and where it has occurred.

Chronology of World Slavery is the ideal companion to The Historical Encyclopedia of World Slavery (ABC-CLIO, 1997). Together, these works span all world cultures and time periods to examine humankind's most perplexing--and persistent--historical issue.

Author Notes

Junius P. Rodriguez , PhD, is associate professor of history at Eureka College, Eureka, IL. His published works include ABC-CLIO's award-winning Historical Encyclopedia of World Slavery and The Louisiana Purchase .

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Booklist Review

Designed as a complement to the two-volume Historical Encyclopedia of World Slavery [RBB My 1 98], edited by Rodriguez, this chronology examines slavery throughout history and across cultures. Much more than a dry listing of dates and events, the work successfully presents historical patterns and cause-and-effect relationships in this complex phenomenon that reflects man's inhumanity to man. The book begins with a chapter on the ancient world. An introduction to set the scene is followed by the chronological listing of dates and important events, narrated in some detail. Succeeding chapters are for specific areas of the world, each with its own introduction and chronology. The last chapter, "Contemporary History," covers slave labor during the Holocaust and practices that exist today. Maps, illustrations, 128 sidebar articles that include bibliographies, and 80 primary documents greatly expand the depth of coverage. See references are used. A general bibliography and an index complete the book. This book reminds us that slavery was not confined to the U.S. South and to black people, but in fact about half the book is devoted to thorough and vivid coverage of the experience in the U.S., where slavery had a greater cultural singificance and became a major economic institution. This excellent work belongs in high-school, public, and academic libraries and can be used with or without its companion set.

Library Journal Review

Gr 9 Up-This scholarly companion to The Historical Encyclopedia of World Slavery (ABC-CLIO, 1998) explores the significance and pervasive legacy of an institution that has existed across time and the globe. However, half of the entries, sidebars, and documents here concern slavery in the U.S. The volume is divided into geographic regions; within these sections, important dates from ancient times to the present are accompanied by explanatory paragraphs. Interspersed are sidebars that discuss specific topics and themes such as the "Constantinople Slave Trade," "Church Attitudes," and "Samboism." Five maps precede the chronology and good-quality black-and-white reproductions are scattered throughout. Following the entries are the full and partial texts of 80 related documents including: "Excerpts from the Code of Hammurabi (c. 1790 B.C.)," "The Queir¬Ęs Law (1850)," and the "Brazilian Government Recognizes Slave Labor (1995)." Expected topics (Middle Passage, cotton economy, abolitionists), along with more unusual and less studied information (e.g., a first-person account of a slave who was mailed to freedom and a profile of Anna Julia Cooper, a feminist born into slavery), are covered. An exhaustive list of sources is included.-Janet Woodward, Garfield High School, Seattle, WA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

Two major encyclopedias on slavery have appeared recently: Rodriguez's The Historical Encyclopedia of World Slavery (CH, May'98) and Macmillan Encyclopedia of World Slavery, ed. by Paul Finkelman and Joseph C. Miller (CH, Jul'99). Rodriguez now provides a comprehensive chronology of the major events and people concerning slavery, 6800 BCE to the present. Its primary sections cover slavery in the classical Mediterranean world, Europe, Asia, Africa, Latin America, the US, and the world since 1880. Entries, written by 44 scholars, range in length from one sentence to several paragraphs. Interspersed in the text are 122 sidebars on such topics as theories of slave systems, arguments for and against the practice, diets, samboism, peonage, and the enslavement of undocumented aliens in the modern US. Also included are 80 excerpts about slavery from religious texts, law codes, personal accounts, and other sources, ranging from the Code of Hammurabi to modern conventions against slavery and the slave trade. A comprehensive bibliography and good index close the work. Perhaps the sole quibble is the lack of coverage for pre-Columbian Latin America; otherwise, the work expands the time line in Macmillan and nicely complements both encyclopedias. For all reference collections. S. L. Hupp; Urbana University