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Indentured Labor in the Age of Imperialism, 1834–1922

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Part of Studies in Comparative World History

  • Date Published: September 1995
  • availability: Unavailable - out of print February 2004
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521485197

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  • The indentured labour trade was begun to replace freed slaves on sugar plantations in British colonies in the 1830s, but expanded to many other locations around the world. This is the first survey of the global flow of indentured migrants from Africa that developed after the end of the slave trade and continued until shortly after the First World War. This volume describes the experiences of the two million Asians, Africans, and South Pacific Islanders who signed long-term labour contracts in return for free passage overseas, modest wages, and other benefits. The experience of these indentured migrants of different origins and destinations is compared in terms of their motives, conditions of travel, and subsequent creation of permanent overseas settlements.

    • First comprehensive, global survery of the indentured labour trade of 1834–1922
    • Avoids the triumphalism of empire history and the narrowness of anti-colonialist history by focusing on the motives of recruits and employers
    • Compares new indentured labour trade to the African slave trade and to European overseas migration
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    • Date Published: September 1995
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521485197
    • length: 200 pages
    • dimensions: 227 x 152 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.319kg
    • contains: 10 b/w illus. 4 maps 19 tables
    • availability: Unavailable - out of print February 2004
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    1. Beginnings: indentured labor, slavery, and free migration
    Focus and scope of this study
    2. Demands: from slavery to indentured labor
    The new imperial economy
    3. Supplies: Africa
    China
    India
    Pacific Islands
    Japan
    Female Migrants
    4. Voyages: Ships and regulations
    Routes and experiences
    Mortality and its causes
    Trends
    5. Indentures: periods and destinations
    Costs, productivity, and profits
    The migrants' experience
    Remuneration and repatriation
    6. Conclusions: The end of indenture
    The aftermath.

  • Author

    David Northrup, Boston College, Massachusetts

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