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Title:Slavery, land tenure and social class in the Northern Turkish Sudan, 1820-1881
Author:Spaulding, J.ISNI
City of publisher:Waltham, MA
Publisher:African Studies association
Geographic term:Sudan
land law
Abstract:Aims to restore Sudanese people to the center stage in the historical drama of the first colonial period through reference to travellers' accounts and the examination of legal documents collected from the private papers of Sudanese families. The propertied northern riverain Sudanese of the period who created and used these documents constituted a new middle class socially situated between the foreign ruling elite and the burgeoning servile class below. The most significant and pervasive aspects of colonial rule were the transition from a traditional precapitalist system of land tenure to one based upon the concept of private property, and the transformation of the traditional system of agricultural labor, particularly through the introduction of agricultural slavery.