Breaking the Chains: Slavery, Bondage, and Emancipation in Modern Africa and Asia

Breaking the Chains: Slavery, Bondage, and Emancipation in Modern Africa and Asia

by Martin A. Klein
     
 

ISBN-10: 0299137546

ISBN-13: 9780299137540

Pub. Date: 01/01/1994

Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press

“Martin Klein has brought together recent work on the abolition of slavery, from Ottoman Turkey to Thailand and from South India to West Africa.  This anthology builds on the recent scholarship on both slavery in Asia and Africa and the end of slavery as a world-wide historical phenomenon.  Whereas other anthologies have tended to focus on either

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“Martin Klein has brought together recent work on the abolition of slavery, from Ottoman Turkey to Thailand and from South India to West Africa.  This anthology builds on the recent scholarship on both slavery in Asia and Africa and the end of slavery as a world-wide historical phenomenon.  Whereas other anthologies have tended to focus on either Africa or Asia, this project brings together in one volume case studies and methodological approaches concerning both regions.  Breaking the Chains will be an important part of the relatively sparse literature on emancipation in comparative and global context.”—Richard Roberts, Stanford University

Because the American history of slavery and emancipation tends to be foremost in Western minds, few realize that traditional forms of servitude still exist in a variety of places around the world: children are sold on the streets of Bangkok, bondage persists in India despite official efforts to abolish it, and until 1980 slavery was legal in Mauritania.
    Breaking the Chains  deals with emancipation in African and Asian societies which were either colonized or came under the domination of European powers in the nineteenth century.  In these societies, emancipation involved the imposition on non-European societies of an explicitly European discourse on slavery, and, in most cases, a free labor ideology.  Most of the slave masters described in these essays were not European and found European ideas on emancipation difficult to accept. 
    Against this backdrop, the essayists (many of whom contribute their own non-Western perspective) focus on the transition from slavery (or other forms of bondage) to emancipation.  They show that in each case the process involved pressure from European abolition movements, the extension of capitalist relations of production, the concerns and perceptions of the colonial state, and the efforts of non-Western elites to modernize their cultures.
    Martin A. Klein argues that the Asian and African experience has much in common with the American experience, particularly in efforts to control labor and family life.  The struggle to control the labor of former slaves has often been intense and, he suggests, has had a continuing impact on the social order in former slave societies.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780299137540
Publisher:
University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date:
01/01/1994
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
236
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Maps
Tables
Preface
Contributors
Introduction: Modern European Expansion and Traditional Servitude in Africa and Asia3
1Ottoman Concepts of Slavery in the Period of Reform, 1830s-1880s37
2The Decline of Slavery in Nineteenth-Century Indonesia64
3The Demise of Corvee and Slavery in Thailand, 1782-191383
4Colonialism, Bondage, and Caste in British India112
5Terms of Servitude: The Colonial Discourse on Slavery and Bondage in India131
6Cocoa Plantations and Coerced Labor in the Gulf of Guinea, 1870-1914150
7Slavery and Emancipation in French West Africa171
8The Abolition of Slavery in Senegal, 1820-1890: Crisis or the Rise of a New Entrepreneurial Class?197
Index215

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