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Virtual Lecture: “Paths to Freedom in Nineteenth-Century Central Asia: Two Case-Studies of Emancipation” with Jeff Eden (St. Mary’s College of Maryland)

September 16, 2020 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


When the Russian Empire conquered Central Asia in the 1860s-1870s, the conquest was hailed across Europe as the event that ended Central Asia’s slave trade and liberated its slaves– a claim that has rarely, if ever, been challenged by historians. In this presentation, Jeff Eden challenges that claim through two case studies. The first case study shows how, on the eve of Russia’s conquest of the capital city of Khiva in 1873, the city’s slaves fomented the largest slave uprising in the region’s history, directly prompting the abolition of slavery across Central Asia. The second case study reveals the surprising fate of former slaves who escaped their Central Asian owners, fled to the Russian border, and sought protection from the “abolitionist” Tsar. In short, both case studies show how slaves brought about their own emancipation.

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Sponsored by the Central Asia Working Group.


UNC Chapel Hill


September 16, 2020
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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