A Global History of Runaways: Workers, Mobility, and Capitalism, 1600–1850 (California World History Library #28) (Hardcover)

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By Marcus Rediker (Editor), Titas Chakraborty (Editor), Matthias van Rossum (Editor)
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During global capitalism's long ascent from 1600–1850, workers of all kinds—slaves, indentured servants, convicts, domestic workers, soldiers, and sailors—repeatedly ran away from their masters and bosses, with profound effects. GlobaHistory of Runaways, edited by Marcus Rediker, Titas Chakraborty, and Matthias van Rossum, compares and connects runaways in the British, Danish, Dutch, French, Mughal, Portuguese, and American empires. Together these essays show how capitalism required vast numbers of mobile workers who would build the foundations of a new economic order. At the same time, these laborers challenged that order—from the undermining of Danish colonization in the seventeenth century to the igniting of civil war in the United States in the nineteenth.

About the Author

Marcus Rediker is Distinguished Professor of Atlantic History at the University of Pittsburgh.
Titas Chakraborty is Assistant Professor of History at Duke Kunshan University.
Matthias van Rossum is Senior Researcher at the International Institute of Social History in Amsterdam.

Praise For…

"This remarkable collection of case studies extends the field of global migration history. Highly recommended."

"A great read, drawing its strengths from a global comparative approach and well-researched empirical case studies. It will have a significant impact on research on coerced labourers around the world and their responses to their treatment."
— Low Countries Journal of Social and Economic History

Product Details
ISBN: 9780520304352
ISBN-10: 0520304357
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication Date: July 30th, 2019
Pages: 280
Language: English
Series: California World History Library