From Slaves to Squatters: Plantation Labor and Agriculture in Zanzibar and Coastal Kenya, 1890-1925

Cooper, Frederick; Holt, Thomas; Scott, Rebecca J.

Published by Yale University Press, 1980
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Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. xv (ii), 328 pp, tables and figures, preface, abbreviations used in the notes, Swahili terms and money and weights, map 1: British East Africa, map 2: Zanzibar, Pemba, and the Coast of Kehya, 1. Introduction; 2. British Ideology and African Slavery; 3. Labor and the Colonial State: Zanzibar, 1897-1925; 4. Planters, Squatters, and Clove Trees: Agriculture in Zanzibar, 1897-1925; 5. From Planters to Landlords: Labor, Land, and the Plantation Economy of the Coast of Kenya, 1907-1927; 6. The Coast in the Colonial Economy of Kenya, 1907-1925; 7. Epilogue: Cloves, Cashews, and Conflict; Appendix: The Abolition Decree, Zanzibar, 1897; people interviewed, bibliography, index. First Edition, 1980. "The author examines the transformation of labor systems in the British colonies of Zanzibar and coastal Kenya, a process that the stark dichotomy between slavery and freedom has obscured. In both coolonies, three groups had conflicting views of labor and agriculture: the state wanted to create a productive class of agarian workers; the landlords -- Arabs and Muslim Africans -- sought to redefine their old mechanisms of domination; and ex- slaves tried to gain access to land and shape their own working conditions. He examines the actual ability of each to shape what took place on farms and plantations. The agrarian societies that emerged did not reflect the neat division between landowners and rural proletariat that the British envisioned. These structures helped to define the parameters of economic development and class conflict in ensuing decades." from the jacket flap. Not price clipped. Pristine, no wear. Clean, tight and strong binding with no underlining, highlighting or marginalia. Tan cloth with black lettering to spine. Size: Large 8vo. Bookseller Inventory # 001265

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Cooper's subtle and seminal work examines the critical decades of transition from a slave-based plantation system in East Africa to a colonial economy based on wage labor. While British officials hoped to create an efficient and productive class of agrarian workers, the original Arab and Swahili landlords and slaveowners tried to redefine their old mechanisms of domination in order to maintain them. Yet the ex-slaves themselves had a quite different agenda: to acquire access to land on their own terms, and to shape their own working conditions.

The processes of interaction and struggle among these three groups shaped the outlines of social and economic development along the Swahili coast through the remainder of the twentieth century. Cooper's comparative analysis is penetrating, and his book retains a central position in historical scholarship.

About the Author: Frederick Cooper is professor of history at the University of Michigan. He is widely acknowledged as one of the most distinguished scholars in African history.

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Title: From Slaves to Squatters: Plantation Labor ...
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication Date: 1980
Binding: Hard Cover
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
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