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Title Indentured labour in the British Empire, 1834-1920 / edited by Kay Saunders
Published Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2018
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Description 1 online resource
Series Routledge library editions. The British Empire ; volume 6
Routledge library editions. British Empire ; v. 6
Contents The West Indies and indentured labour migration / William A. Green -- The impact of indentured immigration on the political economy of British Guiana/ Alan H. Adamson -- Indentured labour in Trinidad, 1880-1917 / Marianne D. Ramesar -- From slavery to indenture / M.D. North-Coombes -- Labouring men and nothing more / Brij V. Lal -- South Indian labour in Malaya, 1840-1920 / Ravindra K. Jain -- "Kings" in brass crescents / Raymond Evans --The workers' paradox / Kay Saunders -- Chinese indentured labour in the Transvaal gold mining industry, 1904-1910 / Peter Richardson
Summary "First published in 1984. Indentured labour migration in the nineteenth century intersects many of the most serious issues of our own time - racism, Third World poverty, and the arrogance of a great world powers. Indenture suggests lack of freedom and the exploitation of people formed into exile or misadventure. Coming as it did after the abolition of slavery in the British Empire in 1834, in many respects it can be regarded as a replacement of the slave labour system. Indeed, both concerned humanitarians and officials in the nineteenth century, and many historians subsequently have regarded indentured labour merely as 'a new system of slavery'. Many of the articles in this book address themselves to this assertion, whilst investigating the particular variations inherent in their geographic area. The differing patterns of Indian indenture in the West Indies and British Guiana, coming almost immediately after slavery, forms the first section of this book. Attention is given to the Indians engaged in the sugar industries in Mauritius and Fiji, and the rubber industry in Malaya. The use of Pacific Islanders in the Queensland industry is also examined, particularly in the sugar industry which, by the early twentieth century, contained the unique pattern of white, expensive, unionized labour. Other groups dealt with include the aboriginal workers in Australia and the Chinese workers in the Transvaal. Overall, this book is comprehensive and far-reaching in its scope and the complex issues which it raises."--Provided by publisher
Notes Originally published in 1984 by Croom Helm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from PDF title page (EBSCO, viewed March 23, 2018)
Subject Indentured servants -- Colonies -- Great Britain -- History
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Labor & Industrial Relations.
Great Britain.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
Author Saunders, Kay, 1947- editor.
ISBN 1351120638