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‘There Are No Slaves in France’
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‘There Are No Slaves in France’: The Political Culture of Race and Slavery in the Ancien Régime

Sue Peabody


This book examines the paradoxical emergence of political antislavery and institutional racism in the century prior to the French Revolution. The author shows how the political culture of late Bourbon France created ample opportunities for contestation over the meaning of freedom. Based on various archival sources, this work will be of interest not only to historians of slavery and France, but to scholars interested in the emergence of modern culture in the Atlantic world.

Keywords: political culture, racism, slavery, antislavery, Bourbon France, slaves, freedom, France, Ancien Regime

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1997 Print ISBN-13: 9780195101980
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195101980.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sue Peabody, author
Washington State University