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Unformatted text preview: ry, “[p]risoners taken in the course of European military action…could expect death if
they were leaders, or banishment if they were deemed followers, but never enslavement…Detention followed by
prisoner exchanges or ransoming was common” (1413). “By the seventeenth century, enslavement of fellow
Europeans was beyond the limits” (1423) of Humanism’s existential commons, even in times of war. Slave status “was
reserved for non-Christians. Even the latter group however…had some prospect of release in exchange for Christians held by rulers of Algiers, Tunis, and
other Mediterranean Muslim powers” (emphasis mine 1413). But though the practice of enslaving the vanquished was beyond the
limit of intra-West wars and only practiced provisionally in East-West conflicts, the baseness of the option was not
debated when it came to the African. The race of Humanism (White, Asian, South Asian, and Arab) could not have produced
itself without the simultaneous production of that walking destruction which became known as the Black . Put
another way, t...
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