Daniel Tarkan Nacak Rasmussen, Pernille Louise Bjergvang Walentini, Tobias Munkholm Lomholt Wismann & John-Marius Hegglund Tønnesen

Studenteropgave: Kandidatprojekt


This project aims to describe how slavery has been legitimated and justified through specifics historical periods. The periods have been selected on their special character of slave systems. We have chosen to analyse the slave system in Mesopotamian around 2000 BC, the Roman slave system between 100 BC to 100 AC, the Lombard monarchy between 600-800, the Venetian merchants between 1300-1500 and from there, following it up till the transatlantic slave trades beginning in the start of the 15th century.
To start our analyse, we do a short description of how research literature and writes have described slavery and unfreedom throughout the time, this leads to a working definition that we uses throughout our analyse.
To get a closer look at the legitimation on the slavery, we have been using Max Webers theory on the 3 types of authority: the legal-rational, the traditional and the charismatic, as an additional theory, we have been using Stuart Halls theory on cultural representation and signifying practise.
Our main goal is to see if there is and similarities or differences in the legitimation and justification in slavery across the historical periods, and how these have infected the practise on each of the slave systems in the specific period.
The conclusion is that; in every of the “old* slave system, there is a clear presence of use of authority, especially the traditional and charismatic – that is, until we start our analyse on the transatlantic slave trade, here we see that the legitimation changes and it goes towards a racial understanding.

UddannelserHistorie, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat
Udgivelsesdato18 dec. 2018
Antal sider59
VejledereKim Esmark


  • Salveri
  • Mespotamisk slaveri
  • Mespotamien
  • Romersk slaveri
  • Romerriget
  • Langobardisk slaveri
  • Lombard
  • Langobardien
  • Veniziansk slaveri
  • Transatlantisk slaveri
  • Transatlantisk slavehandel
  • Forestillede fælleseskaber
  • Weber
  • Ligitimering
  • Legitimering af slaveri
  • Kultur
  • Slaveriets kompleksitet
  • Historie
  • Kulturel identitet
  • Stuart Hall
  • Signifying practice
  • Stereoteypisering af slaver