Slavery in Comparative Perspective

May 2002

The class is bit ambitious, to say the least. The goal is to cover every form that has ever existed in the world. Ranging from ancient Rome, to women who are forced into prostitution in the Asian Pacific today. Nonetheless, the subject matter was of great interest (to me, anyway). The goal is to change your conception of what it is to be enslaved and what it is to be free. It would be a great course, if it wasn't for the complete and total disorganization. Instead of looking at slavery in a progression of beginning to present, or concentrating extensively on one region and then moving to another, we skip all over the globe and through time without any sort of order. Still, the class is interesting, especially if you keep up with the readings, and the workload is relatively light. The professor's enthusiasm for the subject also helps.