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1st Edition

Why Should We Be Called ‘Coolies’?
The End of Indian Indentured Labour

ISBN 9780367676117
Published November 2, 2020 by Routledge
222 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

What are the dynamics of the abolition of the Indian indentureship system? Why was it ended? Who were the main players in the final end of the labour scheme? Were Indian labourers and/or the Indian middle classes actively involved in the processes leading towards complete abolition? This book examines the end of a labour system which lasted from 1838 until 1920 in various territories throughout the British Empire. It looks at methods of agitations which had their genesis in the territories of the Indian Ocean and compare/contrast these with those of other territories such as the British West Indies.
The volume provides a comparative study of the abolition of the Indian indentureship system and shows the global interconnectedness of abolition, with a strong subaltern focus.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1. Indian Indentureship in Context 2. Imperialist Structures 3. ‘Resistance from Within’: Labourer’s Resistance against Indentureship 4. Fighting the System: Middle-class Indian Protests in Labour-importing Territories 5. Why Should We Be Called ‘Coolies’?: Agitation in the ‘Mother Country’ 6. Imperial Reconsiderations, Policy and Abolition 7. Conclusion

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Radica Mahase is Senior Lecturer, History, at the College of Science, Technology and Applied Arts of Trinidad and Tobago. She has a PhD, History from UWI, St. Augustine and a MA in Indian History from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She was a Commonwealth Visiting Scholar at the University of Manchester.