course
HI018 | Autumn | 6 ECTS

Humanitarians and Human Trafficking: The Global History of Slavery and Abolition, 1800-Present

This course critically examines the changing nature of humanitarian activism against slavery from the abolition of the slave trade in the early 19th century to international action against human trafficking in the 21st century. The first part of the course covers the rise of anti-slavery movements in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century. The second part considers the changing nature of slavery under colonial rule and the evolving context of humanitarian campaigns in the twentieth century including the efforts undertaken by the League of Nations, the ILO and the UNO. Some of the key themes discussed include the ideological foundations and economic motives for abolition, the contested definition of slavery, the relationship between new forms of slavery and the rise of colonialism in Africa and Asia, and the formulation of international conventions against slavery, child labour and forced labour and the challenges confronting humanitarian NGOs today.