Maharani s Misery

Author: Verene Shepherd
Publisher: University of West Indies Press
ISBN: 9766401217
Release Date: 2002
Genre: History

Following the abolition of slavery in the Caribbean, a concerted effort was made to replace enslaved labour with indentured Indian labour. This is the story of one Indian woman's tragic experience in trying to immigrate to the Caribbean in the 19th century.

Coolies of the Empire

Author: Ashutosh Kumar
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781108225694
Release Date: 2017-09-15
Genre: History

This book studies Indian overseas labour migration in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, which involved millions of Indians traversing the globe in the age of empire, subsequent to the abolition of slavery in 1833. This migration led to the presence of Indians and their culture being felt all over the world. This study delves deep into the lives of these indentured workers from India who called themselves girmitiyas; it is a narrative of their experiences in India and in the sugar colonies abroad. It foregrounds the alternative world view of the girmitiyas, and their socio-cultural and religious life in the colonies. In this book, the author has developed highly original insights into the experience of colonial indentured migrant labour, describing the ways in which migrants managed to survive and even flourish within the interstices of the indentured labour system and how considerably the experience of migration changed over time.

Beyond Being Koelies and Kantr ki

Author: Margriet Fokken
Publisher: Uitgeverij Verloren
ISBN: 9789087047214
Release Date: 2018
Genre: East Indians

This book traces the self-positioning of Hindostani people in the face of British and Dutch colonial practices. Originally from India and shipped to the Dutch colony of Suriname after the abolition of slavery, the Hindostani served as contract labourers to keep the plantation system afloat from 1873. Central to the book is the perspective of the Hindostani themselves. We travel alongside the Hindostani from the moment they were recruited and their movement through the depots awaiting shipment, their travel experiences, their arrival in Suriname, relocation to plantations, and their dispersal following the end of their contracts, either as city workers, or farmers. All along, the book poses the question of identification: how did Hindostani make sense of themselves, their fellow Hindostani, and Surinamese society? Stereotyped images make way for insight in lived experience of lower and higher caste, Hindus and Muslims, men and women.

Chinese Cubans

Author: Kathleen M. López
Publisher: UNC Press Books
ISBN: 9781469607146
Release Date: 2013-06-10
Genre: History

In the mid-nineteenth century, Cuba's infamous "coolie" trade brought well over 100,000 Chinese indentured laborers to its shores. Though subjected to abominable conditions, they were followed during subsequent decades by smaller numbers of merchants, craftsmen, and free migrants searching for better lives far from home. In a comprehensive, vibrant history that draws deeply on Chinese- and Spanish-language sources in both China and Cuba, Kathleen Lopez explores the transition of the Chinese from indentured to free migrants, the formation of transnational communities, and the eventual incorporation of the Chinese into the Cuban citizenry during the first half of the twentieth century. Chinese Cubans shows how Chinese migration, intermarriage, and assimilation are central to Cuban history and national identity during a key period of transition from slave to wage labor and from colony to nation. On a broader level, Lopez draws out implications for issues of race, national identity, and transnational migration, especially along the Pacific rim.

The Other Middle Passage

Author: Ron Ramdin
ISBN: UTEXAS:059173006915017
Release Date: 1994
Genre: East Indians

A facsimile edition of the Captain's journal of the Salsette, a ship carrying indentured Indian Labourers to the West Indies, recently discovered by the author, a historian and writer working at present in the British Museum. A detailed introductory analysis by Ramdin puts in context the significance of this document, which portrays in vivid detail this little known mass migration.

Thinking Territory

Author: Forum on Contemporary Theory (Baroda, India). Annual Conference
ISBN: PSU:000068298999
Release Date: 2009
Genre: Communities

Papers presented at the 10th Annual Conference of the Forum on Contemporary Theory, held at Taleigao Plateau during 17-20 December 2007.

Indo Caribbean Indenture

Author: Lomarsh Roopnarine
Publisher: University of West Indies Press
ISBN: UOM:39015068830127
Release Date: 2007
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

Indo-Caribbean Indenture investigates the relatively little-studied but growing field of the experiences of East Indians in the Caribbean from their arrival in 1838 to the end of indentureship in 1920. It places the indenture period into a larger socio-economic framework of imperialism, the post-slavery attempt to solve the labour shortage and the gender-relations which overarched the whole transaction in human bodies. By utilizing a new analytical perspective offered by current writers on the subject of the subaltern, the work departs from the usual historical approach and offers a fresh interpretation. The work will be of particular interest to historians, sociologists and social scientists who focus on the Caribbean, migration, ethnicity, gender studies, peasant resistance, labour history and cultural continuity and change.

Inside Indenture

Author: Ashwin Desai
ISBN: STANFORD:36105132072096
Release Date: 2007
Genre: Indentured servants

A Historical Study of Women in Jamaica

Author: Lucille Mathurin Mair
Publisher: University of West Indies Press
ISBN: UVA:X030261612
Release Date: 2006
Genre: History

In 1974 Lucille Mathurin Mair defended her dissertation, which has since become a classic work in Caribbean historiography and influenced generations of scholars. Through extensive archival work with estate records, legal records, family papers and private correspondence, she sought out the women of Jamaica's past during slavery, women of all classes, all colours, black, brown and white. The work stands as a convincing exposure of women as agents of history - a path-breaking achievement at a time when Caribbean historiography ignored women. From her meticulous research emerged a powerful statement that has shaped subsequent understandings of gendered and cultural relations in Jamaican society: the white woman consumed, the coloured woman served and the black woman laboured. Over three decades Mair's dissertation became the most sought after unpublished work among students and scholars of Caribbean history and culture. Now available as a published monograph, the work will be more widely available to a new generation of scholars concerned with Atlantic history, slavery, culture and gender. bibliography, containing the original bibliography in the dissertation now supplemented by bibliographies detailing Mathurin Mair's subsequent publications, subsequent UWI theses on women or gender, and books, articles and papers on Caribbean gender issues since 1974. Co-published with the Centre for Gender and Development Studies, University of the West Indies, Jamaica.

Caribbean Women

Author: Veronica Marie Gregg
ISBN: UTEXAS:059173019324942
Release Date: 2005
Genre: History

Volume 1, of an anthology of non-fiction writings by Caribbean women, from the turn of the nineteenth century to 1980. It builds on existing bodies of knowledge and inquiry into women's lives and their contributions to the creation and development of Caribbean intellectual history. A resource for students and professors.

Beyond Fragmentation

Author: Juanita De Barros
Publisher: Markus Wiener Pub
ISBN: 1558763570
Release Date: 2006
Genre: History

This is the first reader that goes beyond the fragmentation between Spanish, British, Dutch, and French Caribbean history to explain slavery, emancipation, colonization and decolonization in the region. The contributors to this pan-Caribbean approach are leading scholars in the field, including Franklin Knight and Luis Martinez-Fernandez.David Trotman, York University, is the author of Crime in Trinidad and other titles. Juanita de Barros, Western Michigan University, is the author of Order and Place in a Colonial Society.


ISBN: UCSC:32106016978253
Release Date: 2003
Genre: Academic libraries

Departmental Reports

Author: University of the West Indies (Mona, Jamaica)
ISBN: UCBK:C081537701
Release Date: 2000