Unfree Labour in the Development of the Atlantic World

Unfree Labour in the Development of the Atlantic World

by Paul E. Lovejoy
     
 

ISBN-10: 0714645796

ISBN-13: 9780714645797

Pub. Date: 12/31/1993

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Between 1500 and 1900, the various parts of the Atlantic world became increasingly integrated into an expanding capitalist economy. This collection of essays examines the different forms of unfree labour that contributed to the development of this world and, by extension, the debates and protests that emerged concerning labour servitude and the abolition of slavery in…  See more details below

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Between 1500 and 1900, the various parts of the Atlantic world became increasingly integrated into an expanding capitalist economy. This collection of essays examines the different forms of unfree labour that contributed to the development of this world and, by extension, the debates and protests that emerged concerning labour servitude and the abolition of slavery in the West. Comparative in perspective, the essays focus on particular regions (Africa, Britain, the Caribbean and Amerindia) and on specific types of labour (slavery, pawnship, impressment, tribute, indentured and contract labour) in ways that transcend traditional areas of specialization. Together they offer new insight into the patterns and intensity of labour servitude in the West and into the relationships between core and peripheral areas of the first capital world economy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780714645797
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
12/31/1993
Series:
Studies in Slave and Post-Slave Societies and Cultures
Pages:
276
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction1
Colonization and Slavery in Central America11
Land-Labour Relations in Sixteenth-Century Mexico: The Formation of Grazing Haciendas26
The Colours of Property: Brown, White and Black Chattels and their Responses on the Caribbean Frontier36
Work, Labour and the Market: The Response of Farmers and Semi-Nomadic Peoples to Colonialism in North-West Mexico52
The Criminalization of 'Free' Labour: Master and Servant in Comparative Perspective71
Vagrancy, Impressment and the Regulation of Labour in Eighteenth-Century Britain102
Freedom at Issue: Vagrancy Legislation and the Meaning of Freedom in Britain and the Cape Colony, 1799-1842114
Background to Rebellion: The Origins of Muslim Slaves in Bahia151
The Transition from Slavery to Migrant Labour in Rural Brazil183
Slavery, the International Labour Market and the Emancipation of Slaves in the Nineteenth Century197
Slavery and Pawnship in the Yoruba Economy of the Nineteenth Century221
Freedom and Slavery and the Shaping of Victorian Britain246
Notes on Contributors260
Index262

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