A NEW SYSTEM OF SLAVERY The Export of Indian Labour Overseas, 1830-1920

Product no.: HP022

Hugh Tinker

First published in 1974, A New System of Slavery was the first comprehensive historical survey of a hitherto neglected and only partially known migration - the export of Indians to supply the labour needed in producing plantation crops such as sugar, coffee, tea and rubber, in British Guiana, the Caribbean, South and East Africa, Mauritius, Sri Lanka, Malaya and Fiji. This followed the legal ending of slavery, but Professor Tinker shows how many features the two systems had in common. He portrays and discusses the slavery background, the recruiting and exporting from India, the sufferings of the indentured Indians during the long voyages, the five years indentured bondage and life on the plantations, the economic pressures and the slow awakening of nationalist leaders and governments to the evils of the system, and its eventual abandonment.

Professor Tinker’s analysis is as relevant now as it was in 1974 and this edition makes its evidence and insights once more available.

Includes 20 black & white photos / illustrations

  • 215 x 135 mm
  • 452 pages
  • Paperback


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