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Slaves, Freedmen and Indentured Laborers in Colonial Mauritius : African Studies Series - Richard B. Allen

Slaves, Freedmen and Indentured Laborers in Colonial Mauritius

African Studies Series

Hardcover Published: 13th November 1999
ISBN: 9780521641258
Number Of Pages: 242

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In this wide-ranging social and economic history of the island of Mauritius, from French colonization in 1721 to the beginnings of modern political life in the colony in the mid-1930s, Richard Allen brings out the importance of domestic capital formation, particularly in the sugar industry. He describes the changing relationship between different elements in the society - slave, free and maroon, and East Indian indentured populations - and shows how these were conditioned by demographic changes, world markets, and local institutions. Based on thorough archival research, and thoroughly attuned to contemporary debates, this book will bring the Mauritian case to the attention of scholars engaged in the comparative study of slavery and plantation systems.

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"Presents a history of slaves, freedmen, and indentured laborers in colonial Mauritius, exploring the role these populations played in shaping the Mauritian experience." Journal of Economic Literature "This is an excellent book and a genuine contribution to the history of slavery, sugar, and the European tropical economies." International Journal of African Historical Studies "It is an important book, and one that deserves wide readership by all those engaged in the study and research of plantation economies and the nature and impact of labor migration within the British Empire. Clare Anderson, Historian "meticulous study of labor, capital and social relations, ...Admirably interdisciplinary in scope...Allen has established an irrevocable milestone for the study of colonial economic and plantation societies" Amer His Rev

Creating a garden of sugar: land, labor and capital, 1721-1936
Labor and Labor Relations
A state of continual disquietude and hostility: maroonage and slave labor, 1721-1835
Indentured labor and the legacy of maroonage: illegal absence; desertion, and vagrancy, 1835-1900
Land and the Mobilization of Domestic Capital
Becoming an appropriated people: the rise of the free population of color, 1729-1830
The general desire to possess land: ex-apprentices and the post-emancipation era, 1839-1851
The regenerators of agricultural prosperity: Indian immigrants and their descendants, 1834-1936
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ISBN: 9780521641258
ISBN-10: 052164125X
Series: African Studies Series
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 242
Published: 13th November 1999
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.75
Weight (kg): 0.53