Labor on the Fringes of Empire

Voice, Exit and the Law

  • Alessandro Stanziani

Part of the Palgrave Series in Indian Ocean World Studies book series (IOWS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Alessandro Stanziani
    Pages 1-29
  3. Alessandro Stanziani
    Pages 31-66
  4. Alessandro Stanziani
    Pages 67-136
  5. Alessandro Stanziani
    Pages 177-249
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 325-334

About this book


After the abolition of slavery in the Indian Ocean and Africa, the world of labor remained unequal, exploitative, and violent, straddling a fine line between freedom and unfreedom. This book explains why. Unseating the Atlantic paradigm of bondage and drawing from a rich array of colonial, estate, plantation and judicial archives, Alessandro Stanziani investigates the evolution of labor relationships on the Indian subcontinent, the Indian Ocean and Africa, with case studies on Assam, the Mascarene Islands and the French Congo. He finds surprising relationships between African and Indian abolition movements and European labor practices, inviting readers to think in terms of trans-oceanic connections rather than simple oppositions. Above all, he considers how the meaning and practices of freedom in the colonial world differed profoundly from those in the mainland. Arguing for a multi-centered view of imperial dynamics, Labor on the Fringes of Empire is a pioneering global history of nineteenth-century labor.


history of labor history of slavery glocal history labor law labor in France and Britain abolition of slavery colonial slavery French Congo labor rights Welfare in the colonies Maritime history Indian ocean human rights Indian Ocean slavery Mascarene Islands Assam African abolition movement Indian abolition movement

Authors and affiliations

  • Alessandro Stanziani
    • 1
  1. 1.EHESS-PSL and CNRSParisFrance

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  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
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  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-70391-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-70392-3
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