UVa-Wise history majors to present papers
majors from The University of Virginia’s College at Wise will travel to
Christopher Newport University on March 23 to present papers at the annual Phi
Alpha Theta Conference.
Childress, a resident of Appalachia, will present a paper on “Medieval
Ethiopian Slavery and Medieval English Serfdom.”
In her paper,
Childress compares and contrasts the systems of human bondage in medieval
Ethiopia and medieval England. She contends that Ethiopian slavery was
justified under the Fetha Nagast, a law code based on the Bible, Roman law and
Byzantine law. The Fetha Nagast justified slavery on religious grounds and
established religious boundaries on the Ethiopian slave trade.
Donlevy, a resident of Virginia Beach, will present a paper on “Capitalism
and Cowrie Shells: A Historiographical Analysis of the Underdevelopment Theory.”
paper will address the various arguments regarding the economic impact that the
Transatlantic Slave Trade had on the economic development of Western Africa. To
better clarify the arguments of various historians, he focuses on two main
points of contention. The first concerns what has been termed the “dependency
theory,” or the “underdeveloped thesis.” The second aspect of Donlevy’s paper
addresses the social and political implications of the Transatlantic Slave
Trade on Western Africa.
Mullins, a Midlothian resident, will present a paper entitled "Cherish
This Independence: Tito, Yugoslavia, and Non-Alignment.”
In his paper, Mullins contends that Josip Broz Tito’s persistent independent personality and pragmatism allowed Tito to become a leading figure in the Non-Aligned Movement’s development in order to secure Yugoslavia’s international position and his own domestic credibility. Tito’s vision for non-alignment grew from his split with Joseph Stalin directly after World War II.