Joseph C. Miller Biography

Joseph C. Miller (1939–2019) was T. Cary Johnson Jr. Professor emeritus at the University of Virginia. His research concentrated on early Africa, particularly Angola. He wrote two monographs, Kings and Kinsmen: Early Mbundu States in Angola (1976) and Way of Death: Merchant Capitalism and the Angolan Slave Trade, 1730–1830 (1988), and numerous shorter studies. Way of Death received the Herskovits Prize of the African Studies Association and a Special Citation from the American Historical Association’s Bolton Prize Committee in 1989. Miller compiled a definitive bibliography of Slavery and Slaving in World History, 2 vols. (1999), with some 15,000 entries.


The Bibliography of Slavery and World Slaving

The Problem of Slavery as History. First David Brion Davis Lectures, Gilder-Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery and Abolition. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2012.

Children in Slavery around the World, 2 vols., edited by Joseph C. Miller, Gwyn Campbell, and Suzanne Miers. Athens: Ohio University Press, 2010-11.

New Encyclopedia of Africa, 5 vols., edited by Joseph C. Miller and John Middleton. Farmington Hills MI: Scribner’s/Macmillan, 2007.

Women and Slavery, 2 vols., edited by Joseph C. Miller, Gwyn Campbell, and Suzanne Miers. Athens: Ohio University Press, 2007.

Slavery and slaving in world history: a bibliography, by Joseph C. Miller, editor. 2 vols. Armonk, N.Y.: M.E. Sharpe, 1999.

Macmillan encyclopedia of world slavery, edited by Paul Finkelman, Joseph C. Miller. 2 vols. New York: Macmillan Reference USA, Simon & Schuster Macmillan; London: Simon & Schuster and Prentice Hall International, 1998.

Slavery and slaving in world history: a bibliography, 1900-1991, by Joseph C. Miller. Millwood, N.Y.: Kraus International Publications, 1993.

Way of death: merchant capitalism and the Angolan slave trade, 1730-1830, Joseph C. Miller. Madison, Wis.: University of Wisconsin Press, 1988.

Slavery: a worldwide bibliography, 1900-1982, by Joseph C. Miller. White Plains, N.Y.: Kraus International, 1985.

The African past speaks: essays on oral tradition and history, edited by Joseph C. Miller. Folkestone, Eng.: Dawson; Hamden, Conn.: Archon, 1980.

Slavery, a comparative teaching bibliography, by Joseph C. Miller. [Honolulu]: Crossroads Press, 1977.

Equatorial Africa, by Joseph C. Miller. Washington: American Historical Association, 1976.

Kings and kinsmen: early Mbundu states in Angola, by Joseph C. Miller. Oxford [Eng.]: Clarendon Press, 1976.

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