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Unfree Labour in the Development of the Atlantic World

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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.
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A collection of essays on the different forms of unfree labor that contributed to the development of the Atlantic world between 1500 and 1900, and the debates and protests concerning labor servitude and the abolition of slavery in the West. Contributors use a comparative historical approach and discuss slavery, pawnship, impressment, and indentured labor in regions such as Africa, Britain, the Caribbean, and Amerindia. Distributed by I.S.B.S. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Colonization and Slavery in Central America 11
Land-Labour Relations in Sixteenth-Century Mexico: The Formation of Grazing Haciendas 26
The Colours of Property: Brown, White and Black Chattels and their Responses on the Caribbean Frontier 36
Work, Labour and the Market: The Response of Farmers and Semi-Nomadic Peoples to Colonialism in North-West Mexico 52
The Criminalization of 'Free' Labour: Master and Servant in Comparative Perspective 71
Vagrancy, Impressment and the Regulation of Labour in Eighteenth-Century Britain 102
Freedom at Issue: Vagrancy Legislation and the Meaning of Freedom in Britain and the Cape Colony, 1799-1842 114
Background to Rebellion: The Origins of Muslim Slaves in Bahia 151
The Transition from Slavery to Migrant Labour in Rural Brazil 183
Slavery, the International Labour Market and the Emancipation of Slaves in the Nineteenth Century 197
Slavery and Pawnship in the Yoruba Economy of the Nineteenth Century 221
Freedom and Slavery and the Shaping of Victorian Britain 246
Notes on Contributors 260
Index 262
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