Despite its long pedigree, Chinese slavery during medieval times has failed to attract wide scholarly attention. Hence, questions about it abound. What was slavery like in medieval China? How was it similar to—or different from—the institution of slavery found in other societies and at other times? Who were the enslaved in the Chinese context, why were they enslaved, and what function did slavery serve in Chinese society? “In this episode of New Frontiers, Don Wyatt, John M. McCardell, Jr. Distinguished Professor of History at Middlebury College, sits down with Mark Williams to discuss these and other issues.
Slavery in East Asia by Don Wyatt. Cambridge University Press (Jan 2023)
Recorded and edited by Margaret A. DeFoor.
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