HIST 669 Topics in the History of Ottoman Slavery
The purpose of this seminar is to explore slavery as an institution in the Ottoman context. Historical "moments" or issues regarding which students will be guided into in-depth research include: Ottoman slavery in the context of broader world perspectives; "open" and "closed" systems of slavery; means of acquiring or recruiting slaves; ethnicity and slavery; changes in the Ottoman demand for slaves; slaves as soldiers and administrators; slaves in agriculture; slaves in manufacturing activities; domestic slavery; popular slave culture in Ottoman society; slavery and its legal framework; the Abolitionist debate in Europe and North America, and its relevance for Ottoman slavery; Western involvement in Ottoman slavery; governmental measures against slavery and the slave trade; the eventual demise of Ottoman slavery in the absence of a legal act of abolition. Requirements : a major research paper of around 30 pages. Counts towards fulfilling the seminar requirement in History. Prerequisite : An adequate command of Ottoman Turkish, through TLL 501-502 or the equivalent, and subject to the instructor's approval.