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Jere L Bacharach
HIST 260
Seattle Campus

Slavery in History: A Comparative Study

Slavery as a universal historical phenomenon lending itself to a comparative analysis is studied in terms of its philosophical justifications, economic importance, and local practices. The following historical periods are surveyed: the ancient Near East, Greece, Rome, Islam, Africa, Latin America, and North America.

Class description

HIST 260 is a comparative study of the institution of slavery in a number of societies. The course will briefly examine the topic within the context of the Ancient Near East, Greece, Rome, the medieval Mediterranean world including Western Europe and the Islamic Middle East, Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, and the United States. The students will, whenever possible, use contemporary documents for class discussions and the term paper. Emphasis will be placed on class participation in analyzing the various sources available for different periods and societies.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

No prerequisites.

Class assignments and grading

In addition to the reading assignments which follow, each student shall write a term paper of seven to ten typed pages. The topic for the paper shall be set after the student and the faculty member have met to discuss possible topics. Late papers will not be accepted. Students will have the opportunity to rewrite the paper after the first submitted version has been read and graded. The rewritten version will be due no later than the last day of classes. There will be a midterm and final.


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Last Update by Elizabeth A. Campbell
Date: 04/15/2005