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The Resource Speaking of slavery : color, ethnicity, and human bondage in Italy, Steven A. Epstein

Speaking of slavery : color, ethnicity, and human bondage in Italy, Steven A. Epstein

Label
Speaking of slavery : color, ethnicity, and human bondage in Italy
Title
Speaking of slavery
Title remainder
color, ethnicity, and human bondage in Italy
Statement of responsibility
Steven A. Epstein
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"In this Work, Steven A. Epstein shows that the ways Italians employ words and think about race and labor are profoundly affected by the language used in medieval Italy to sustain a system of slavery. The author's findings about the surprising persistence of the "language of slavery" demonstrate the difficulty of escaping the legacy of a shameful past." "For Epstein, language is crucial to understanding slavery, for it preserves the hidden conditions of that institution. He begins his book by discussing the words used to conduct and describe slavery in Italy, from pertinent definitions given in early dictionaries, to the naming of slaves by their masters, to the ways in which bondage has been depicted by Italian writers from Dante to Primo Levi and Antonio Gramsci. Epstein then probes Italian legal history, tracing the evolution of contracts for buying, selling, renting, and freeing people. Next he considers the behaviors of slaves and slave owners as a means of exploring how concepts of liberty and morality changed over time. He concludes by analyzing the language of the market, where medieval Italians used words to fix the prices of the people they bought and sold."--Jacket
Member of
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1952-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Epstein, Steven
Dewey number
306.3/62/0945
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
Conjunctions of religion & power in the medieval past
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Slavery
  • Ethnicity
Label
Speaking of slavery : color, ethnicity, and human bondage in Italy, Steven A. Epstein
Instantiates
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Color
multicolored
Contents
The language of slavery -- The language of the law -- The human behavior of slavery -- The language of the great economy
Control code
on1030892983
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xiv, 215 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781501725135
Level of compression
unknown
Note
eBooks on EBSCOhost
Other physical details
color illustrations
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)1030892983
Label
Speaking of slavery : color, ethnicity, and human bondage in Italy, Steven A. Epstein
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Color
multicolored
Contents
The language of slavery -- The language of the law -- The human behavior of slavery -- The language of the great economy
Control code
on1030892983
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xiv, 215 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781501725135
Level of compression
unknown
Note
eBooks on EBSCOhost
Other physical details
color illustrations
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)1030892983

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