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Joel Quirk (2008)

Unfinished Business:A Comparative Survey of Historical and Contemporary Slavery

Webpublished.

An analysis of the relationship between the global history of slavery and abolition and modern forms of human bondage

Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it” (Santayana)

Interest in contemporary slavery has increased dramatically over the last ten years, but there remains a widespread tendency to view slavery in the past and slavery in current society as independent fields of study.

This publication moves beyond this unhelpful divide, providing the first ever comparative analysis of historical slave systems and modern forms of human bondage. From this standpoint, recent concerns over human trafficking, debt-bondage, child labor and other related problems are analyzed in view of the historical strengths and weaknesses of the legal abolition of slavery.

By bringing together a range of studies on different aspects of slavery, both past and present, this publication provides an innovative platform for promoting dialogue about ways of addressing both contemporary slavery and the enduring legacies of historical slave systems.

 

Abstract provided by the Author / editor.

 Full publication available at http://www.unesco.org/culture/pdf/UnfinishedBusinessReport2008.pdf

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