Desertion in the Early Modern World: A Comparative History by Matthias van RossumDesertion in the Early Modern World: A Comparative History by Matthias van Rossum

Desertion in the Early Modern World: A Comparative History

EditorMatthias van Rossum, Jeannette Kamp

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Early modern globalization was built on a highly labour intensive infrastructure. This book looks at the millions of workers who were needed to operate the ships, ports, store houses, forts and factories crucial to local and global exchange. These sailors, soldiers, craftsmen and slaves were crucial to globalization but were also confronted with the process of globalization themselves. They were often migrants who worked, directly or indirectly, for trading companies, merchants and producers that tried to discipline and control their labour force. The contributors to this volume offer an integrated, thematic study of the global history of desertion in European, Atlantic and Asian contexts. By tracing and comparing acts and patterns of desertion across empires, economic systems, regions and types of workers, Desertion in the Early Modern World illuminates the crucial role of practices of desertion among workers in shaping the history of imperial and economic expansion in the early modern period.
Matthias van Rossum is a researcher at the International Institute of Social History in Amsterdam and Lecturer in history at the University of Leiden, The Netherlands. Jeannette Kamp is a researcher at the University of Leiden, The Netherlands.
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Title:Desertion in the Early Modern World: A Comparative HistoryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 9.25 × 6.2 × 0.55 inPublished:February 25, 2016Publisher:BloomsburyLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Part I: Desertion in Global History Introduction: Leaving Work Across the World (Matthias van Rossum, International Institute of Social History and Jeannette Kamp, Universiteit Leiden, The Netherlands) 1. Runaways: A Global History (Alessandro Stanziani, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, EHESS, Paris) 2. Mass Exits: Who, Why, How? Marcel van der Linden (International Institute of Social History, The Netherlands) Part II: Europe 3. Between Agency and Force: The Dynamics of Desertion in a Military Labour Market, Frankfurt am Main 1650-1800 (Jeannette Kamp) 4. 'The privilege of using their legs': Leaving the Dutch Army in the Eighteenth Century (Pepijn Brandon, Universiteit van Amsterdam, The Netherlands) Part III: Atlantic and Maritime 5. Desertion by Sailors, Slaves and Soldiers in the Dutch Atlantic, ca. 1600-1800 (Karwan Fatah-Black, Universiteit Leiden, The Netherlands) 6. 'Working for the Devil': Desertion in the Eurasian Empire of the VOC (Matthias van Rossum) Part IV: Between Worlds 7. Just Deserters: Runaway Slaves from the VOC Cape, ca. 1700-1800 (Kate Ekama, Universiteit Leiden, The Netherlands) 8. From Contracts to Labour Camps? Desertion and Control in South Asia (Matthias van Rossum) Selected Bibliography Index

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These essays will be extremely useful for maritime historians both because of their attention to seafaring workers, and because these workers are situated within broader questions relating to early modern labour ... [This is] the strength of this book's comparative approach.