Changing Masters in the Longue Durée: Slavery and Abolition in Egypt and the Sudan, 1798–1882

  • George Michael La Rue


Michael La Rue analyses the persistence of the trans-Saharan slave trade between Sudan and Egypt, despite dramatic changes in the structure of enslavement and human trafficking in these regions. Using a variety of sources, including travellers’ accounts, reports by French medical doctors, and biographic materials about individual slaves, La Rue differentiates three principal enslavement methods, suggests gradual shifts in the slaving frontier, and describes the hardships of the trans-Saharan journey, overland and by boat. Egypt’s plague epidemic of 1834–1835 brought to light the conditions of African slaves in Egypt and gave rise to first attempts by abolitionists to end slavery there. The effort was deflected to ending the slave trade from the Sudan, ironically leaving the sources of slaves to be cut off in the Mahdist era.

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  • George Michael La Rue
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  1. 1.Clarion UniversityClarionUSA

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