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Lecture | Studium Generale

The Others: Gypsy and Muslim Slaves in Early Modern Europe

Date
Monday 1 May 2017
Time
Explanation
Open to all. Free entry. No prior registration required.
Series
Slavery: History and Political Philosophy
Location
Lipsius
Cleveringaplaats 1
2311 BD Leiden
Room
011

Slavery was present in Europe on a larger scale than previously assumed by scholars. In the seventeenth century tens of thousands of Muslims were held for ransom and forced labour in Italy, Malta, France and Spain. In the Romanian principalities of Wallachia and Moldavia Gypsy slaves represented 7% of the population until slavery was officially abolished in mid-nineteenth century. It is hardly a coincidence that the main targets of enslavement in medieval, early modern and modern Europe are still heavily discriminated against today. This lecture will bring to light some little-known aspects of European slavery and offer food for thought on current attitudes toward the subject.

Dr Felicia RoČ™u is University Lecturer at the Institute for History, Leiden University.

This is the fourth of seven lectures in our series
Slavery: History and Political Philosophy.

This series was organised in co-operation with the Leiden Slavery Studies Association.

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