Catherine M. Cameron's Captives: How Stolen People Changed the World (Borderlands PDF

By Catherine M. Cameron

In Captives: How Stolen humans replaced the World archaeologist Catherine M. Cameron offers an eye-opening comparative examine of the profound influence that captives of struggle and raiding have had on small- scale societies via time. Cameron presents a brand new aspect of orientation for archaeologists, anthropologists, historians, and different students via illuminating the impression that captive-taking and enslavement have had on cultural swap, with very important implications for figuring out the past.

Focusing totally on indigenous societies within the Americas whereas extending the comparative succeed in to incorporate Europe, Africa, and Island Southeast Asia, Cameron attracts on ethnographic, ethnohistoric, historical, and archaeological information to envision the jobs that captives performed in small-scale societies. In such societies, captives represented a nearly common social classification consisting predominantly of ladies and kids and constituting 10 to 50 percentage of the inhabitants in a given society. Cameron demonstrates how captives introduced with them new applied sciences, layout kinds, foodways, spiritual practices, and extra, all of which replaced the captor culture.

This e-book presents a framework that may permit archaeologists to appreciate the dimensions and nature of cultural transmission through captives and it is going to additionally curiosity anthropologists, historians, and different students who examine captive-taking and slavery. Cameron’s exploration of the atypical amnesia that surrounds thoughts of captive-taking and enslavement world wide additionally establishes a reference to unmistakable modern relevance. 


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