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Arbitrary Rule: Slavery, Tyranny, and the Power of Life and Death

Mary Nyquist


Slavery appears as a figurative construct in countless cultural and historical contexts, especially during the English revolution of the mid-seventeenth century, and again in the American and French revolutions, when radical pamphleteers and theorists repeatedly represented their treatment as a form of political slavery. What, if anything, does this figurative, political slavery have to do with transatlantic slavery? This book explores connections between political and chattel slavery by excavating the tradition of Western political thought that justifies actively opposing tyranny. Political s ... More

Keywords: slavery, radical pamphleteers, western political thought, tyranny, eurocolonialism, Aristotle, Cicero, Hobbes, Milton, antityranny discourse

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780226015538
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226015675.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mary Nyquist, author