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Colonialism, Institutional Change, and Shifts in Global Labour Relations

Karin Hofmeester Pim de Zwart William G. Clarence-Smith Ulbe Bosma Elise Nederveen Meerkerk Elias C. Mandala Rossana Barragán Matthias Rossum Johan Fourie Erik Green

374 pages
Amsterdam University Press
This book offers a view of shifts in labour relations in various parts of the world over a breathtaking span, from 1500 to 2000, with a particular emphasis on colonial institutions. How did growing demand for colonial commodities affect labour in the Global South? How did colonial interference with land and labour markets affect developments in labour relations? And what were the effects of the introduction of colonial currencies? The contributors to this volume answer those questions and more, combining global perspectives with impressively detailed case studies.
Author Bio
Karin Hofmeester (PhD, University of Amsterdam, 1999) is Senior Researcher at the International Institute of Social History and Professor of Jewish Culture at Antwerpen University. Pim de Zwart (PhD, Utrecht University, 2015) is Lecturer in Rural and Environmental History at Wageningen University