Insiders by Analogy: Slaves in the Great Ming Code

Claude Chevaleyre, “Insiders by Analogy: Slaves in the Great Ming Code.” Slavery and Abolition 43 (3), 460-481.

This article seeks to reinforce arguments that a genuinely global history of slavery is possible only if we examine the nature and dynamics of chattel and bonded status in parts of the world that have been largely ignored in slavery studies. Although scholars have begun to reassess the dynamics of slavery in early-modern Asia, a comprehensive study of slaving practices in China remains to be written. A careful examination of the provisions on ‘slaves’ (nubi) included in the Great Ming Code (1397) provides an opportunity to better understand slave status in Ming (1368–1644) China [Lire la suite]
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