Slavery in a Global Context: the Atlantic, the Middle East, and the Black Sea

46. Shared Histories of Bondage.

Slavery, the practice of owning human beings, is a nearly universal historical phenomenon that reached its global peak during the eighteenth century and remains present to this day. However, slavery has taken many different forms in different regions: plantation slavery, domestic slavery, concubinage, military slavery and the like, often predicated on difference of religion or race. In this episode, we discuss slavery as practiced in different regions of the world from the Atlantic to the Middle East to the Black Sea in a comparative perspective.

Elena Abbott is a PhD student at Georgetown University focusing on the history of the Atlantic during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries
Soha El Achi is a PhD student studying slavery and French colonialism in North Africa at Georgetown University
Michael Połczyński is a PhD student studying Ottoman and Polish history at Georgetown University (see
Chris Gratien is a PhD student studying the history of the modern Middle East at Georgetown University (see

Note for the listener: This podcast is not primarily a work of primary source research. It is a synthesis of publicly available information and draws extensively from the following works below, which are also mentioned during the course of the episode. For the purposes of academic citation, we encourage you to consult these works. 

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Because she loves us and wants us to succeed in life.

Ha, probably not.

She wants us to be prepared for the test, so we have no excuse as to why we failed. But most of us will inevitably fail.
I know i'm going to fail, maybe not as bad if I had listen to the podcast, read the book, took notes, studied, or something related. But all those hours I could use to work, make money, be happy and live my life. Life is short, I don't want to spend half of it going to school, then die a successful, rich man.
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