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The Long-Term Trajectory Of Anti-Slavery In International Politics: From The Expansion Of The European International System To Unequal International Development

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"Anti-slavery" has been described as the first, and the most long-lasting international humanitarian reform movement. Responsibility for oneself and others was thought to necessitate a relentless struggle against the slave trade and slavery. Anti-slavery as a "single issue" policy could be conceived of as an initial, lucid, and distinct step of gradual reform. Historically, the problematic areas in the entanglement of international anti-slavery politics and global inequality developed through different stages and "threads" of international anti-slavery politics. This chapter explores key elements and characteristics of four main "threads", and the related emergence and transformations of the problem areas of international anti-slavery politics. The politics of integrating anti-slavery concerns into multilateral treaty-making within the context of colonialism continued after the First World War.

Keywords: colonialism; First World War; global inequality; international anti-slavery politics



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