"[W]ill be welcomed by way of scholars of comparative slavery.... [It] makes us reassess the importance of slavery within the subcontinent." ―Edward A. Alpers, UCLA
Despite its pervasive presence within the South Asian prior, slavery is essentially ignored within the region’s historiography, partially as the types of bondage in query didn't regularly healthy types in line with plantation slavery within the Atlantic international. this significant quantity will give a contribution to a rethinking of slavery in international historical past, or even the class of slavery itself. such a lot slaves in South Asia weren't agricultural workers, yet army or family staff, and the latter have been overwhelmingly girls and kids. participants may develop into slaves at beginning or via seize, sale through family, indenture, or because of accusations of criminal activity or irrelevant sexual habit. for hundreds of years, alternate in slaves associated South Asia with Africa, the center East, and primary Asia. The participants to this number of unique essays describe quite a lot of websites and contexts masking greater than 1000 years, foregrounding the lifestyles tales of person slaves anyplace possible.
Contributors are Daud Ali, Indrani Chatterjee, Richard M. Eaton, Michael H. Fisher, Sumit Guha, Peter Jackson, Sunil Kumar, Avril A. Powell, Ramya Sreenivasan, Sylvia Vatuk, and Timothy Walker.