Capitalism and Cloves

An Archaeology of Plantation Life on Nineteenth-Century Zanzibar

  • Sarah K.¬†Croucher

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
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  7. Back Matter
    Pages 251-256

About this book


This study of nineteenth-century clove plantations on Zanzibar provides an important contribution to debates in global historical archaeology. Broadening plantation archaeology beyond the Atlantic World, this work addresses plantations run by Omani Arab colonial rulers of Zanzibar. Drawing on archaeological and historical data, this book argues for the need to examine non-Western contexts of colonialism and capitalism as coeval with those in the North Atlantic World. This work explores themes of capitalism, colonialism, plantation landscapes, African Diaspora communities, gender and sexuality, locally produced and imported goods in historic contexts, and Islamic historical archaeology.


African Diaspora Arabic History Colonialism Historical Archaeology Plantation Studies

Authors and affiliations

  • Sarah K.¬†Croucher
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  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyWesleyan UniversityMiddletownUSA

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