Volume 3: ad 1420–ad 1804
Most societies in the past have had slaves, and almost all peoples have at some
time in their pasts been both slaves and owners of slaves. Recent decades have seen
a significant increase in our understanding of the historical role played by slavery
and wide interest across a range of academic disciplines in the evolution of the
institution. Exciting and innovative research methodologies have been developed,
and numerous fruitful debates generated. Further, the study of slavery has come
to provide strong connections between academic research and the wider public
interest at a time when such links have in general been weak. The Cambridge World
History of Slavery responds to these trends by providing for the first time, in four
volumes, a comprehensive global history of this widespread phenomenon from
the ancient world to the present day.
Volume 3 of The Cambridge World History of Slavery is a collection of essays
exploring the various manifestations of coerced labor in Africa, Asia, and the
Americas between the opening up of the Atlantic world and the formal creation of
the new nation of Haiti. The authors, well-known authorities in their respective
fields, place slavery in the foreground of the collection but also examine other
types of coerced labor. Essays are organized both nationally and thematically and
cover the major empires, coerced migration, slave resistance, gender, demography,
law, and the economic significance of coerced labor. Nonscholars will also find
this volume accessible.
David Eltis is Robert W. Woodruff Professor of History at Emory University
and research associate of the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute, Harvard University. He
has also held visiting appointments at Harvard, Yale, and Oxford universities.
Eltis received his PhD from the University of Rochester in 1979. He is author of
The Rise of African Slavery in the Americas, co-author (with David Richardson)
of Atlas of the Transatlantic Slave Trade, and co-compiler of Slave Voyages at He co-edited and contributed to Extending the Frontiers:
Essays on the New Transatlantic Slave Trade Database (with David Richardson)
and Slavery in the Development of the Americas (with Frank D. Lewis and Kenneth
L. Sokoloff) and edited Coerced and Free Migrations: Global Perspectives.
Stanley L. Engerman is John H. Munro Professor of Economics and Professor of
History at the University of Rochester. He has also previously taught at Harvard,
Yale, Oxford, and Cambridge universities. Engerman received his PhD in economics from Johns Hopkins University in 1962. He is the author of Slavery,
Emancipation, and Freedom: Comparative Perspectives and the co-author of Time
on the Cross: The Economics of American Negro Slavery (with Robert Fogel) and
Naval Blockades in Peace and War: An Economic History Since 1750 (with Lance E.
Davis). He is also co-editor of A Historical Guide to World Slavery (with Seymour
Drescher); Finance, Intermediaries, and Economic Development (with Philip T.
Hoffman, Jean-Laurent Rosenthal, and Kenneth L. Sokoloff); and The Cambridge
Economic History of the United States (with Robert E. Gallman).
Cambridge Histories Online © Cambridge University Press, 2011
General editors
David Eltis, Emory University
Stanley L. Engerman, University of Rochester
Volume I: The Ancient Mediterranean World
Edited by Keith Bradley and Paul Cartledge
Volume II : ad 500–ad 1420
Edited by David Eltis and Stanley L. Engerman
Volume III : ad 1420–ad 1804
Edited by David Eltis and Stanley L. Engerman
Volume IV : ad 1804–ad 2000
Edited by Seymour Drescher, David Eltis, and Stanley L. Engerman

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