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This front matter section of the book Ransom Slavery along the Ottoman Borders: (Early Fifteenth – Early Eighteenth Centuries) contains the table of contents, preface, abbreviations, and an introduction. Slavery is one of the most permanent phenomena of human history. With the exception of the past two centuries, the subjugation, deprivation and use of human beings as tools was considered natural and was widely accepted. This applied to the ancient societies of Europe, and to many medieval and early modern worlds including Islamdom. The book examines Christian slavery in the Ottoman Empire, but, using western sources, it also provides greater insight into the tribulations of Ottoman slaves on Habsburg territory. It attempts to shed light on the devastating effects of captive-related transactions, especially those to do with guarantees, on trade; occasionally the financial position of whole communities, or in the case of Transylvania, even an entire country was jeopardised.

Keywords: captive-related transactions; Christian slavery; human history; Islamdom; Ottoman Empire; Ottoman slaves; ransom slavery; Transylvania



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