History of Slavery

History of Slavery

History of Slavery दासता का इतिहास Know about the origin of slave trade & reasons for its expansion

The history of slavery spans many cultures, nationalities, and religions from ancient times to the present day. However, the social, economic, and legal positions of slaves have differed vastly in different systems of slavery in different times and places.

Slavery occurs relatively rarely among hunter-gatherer populations because it develops under conditions of social stratification. Slavery operated in the very first civilizations (such as Sumer in Mesopotamia, which dates back as far as 3500 BC).

The Slavery features in the Mesopotamian Code of Hammurabi (c. 1860 BC), which refers to it as an established institution.

Slavery became common within much of Europe during the Dark Ages and it continued into the Middle Ages. The Byzantine-Ottoman wars (1265–1479) and the Ottoman wars in Europe (14th to 20th centuries) resulted in the capture of large numbers of Christian slaves.

Dutch, French, Spanish, Portuguese, British, Arabs and a number of West African kingdoms played a prominent role in the Atlantic slave trade, especially after 1600.

David P. Forsythe[6] wrote: “The fact remained that at the beginning of the nineteenth century an estimated three-quarters of all people alive were trapped in bondage against their will either in some form of slavery or serfdom.”

The Republic of Ragusa became the first European country to ban the slave trade- in 1416. In modern times Denmark-Norway abolished the trade in 1802.

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