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Periodical article Periodical article Leiden University catalogue Leiden University catalogue WorldCat catalogue WorldCat
Title:The Business of Slavery in the Central Anglo-Egyptian Sudan, 1910-1930
Author:Spaulding, Jay L.ISNI
Periodical:African Economic History
Geographic terms:Sudan
Great Britain
slave trade
History and Exploration
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/3601333
Abstract:This study explores some features of the slave trade into the central Sudan during the period 1910-1930, as revealed in records collected from participants by A.J. Arkell in the late 1920s. The trade would probably not have flourished without the lax policies of the Condominium government, and it was facilitated by the proximity to a part of Ethiopia which generated slaves for many markets. The slave trade was primarily a response to regional changes in the political economy, signalled by the foundation of the first towns in the central Sudan and the spread of a money economy. The new colonial economy created for the first time conditions under which broad segments of the population of the central Sudan could realistically aspire to slave ownership. The slave trade was simple in organization and small in scale; it mobilized large numbers of amateurs to go to Ethiopia to buy one slave. Attempts were made to expand the scale and sophistication of commercial operations, but these faltered in the absence of supporting political and legal institutions. Notes, ref.