Micro-Spatial Histories of Global Labour

Editors: De Vito, Christian G., Gerritsen, Anne (Eds.)

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  • Explores the potential of combining micro-history and global history
  • Chapters include examples from the middle ages to the present day, across North America, South America, Asia, Africa and Europe
  • Questions macro-analytical approaches to global labour history, both addressing the issue of spatiality and prompting a re-evaluation of methodological and theoretical strategies
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This volume suggests a new way of doing global history. Instead of offering a sweeping and generalizing overview of the past, we propose a ‘micro-spatial’ approach, combining micro-history with the concept of space. A focus on primary sources and awareness of the historical discontinuities and unevennesses characterizes the global history that emerges here. We use labour as our lens in this volume. The resulting micro-spatial history of labour addresses the management and recruitment of labour, its voluntary and coerced spatial mobility, its political perception and representation and the workers’ own agency and social networks. The individual chapters are written by contributors whose expertise covers the late medieval Eastern Mediterranean to present-day Sierra Leone, through early modern China and Italy, eighteenth-century Cuba and the Malvinas/Falklands, the journeys of a missionary between India and Brazil and those of Christian captives across the Ottoman empire and Spain. The result is a highly readable volume that addresses key theoretical and methodological questions in historiography.

Chapter 7 is open access under a CC BY 4.0 license via link.springer.com. 

About the authors

Christian G. De Vito is Research Associate at the University of Leicester, UK, and Lecturer at the Utrecht University, The Netherlands. He has published extensively on global labour history and has co-edited a volume on Global Convict Labour. His on-going research is on convict transportation in the Spanish empire.

 

Anne Gerritsen is Professor of History at the University of Warwick, UK, where she has directed the Global History and Culture Centre. She has published on global material culture, the history of design, and Chinese history, especially the history of porcelain manufactures, but also local religion and gender.

Table of contents (13 chapters)

Table of contents (13 chapters)
  • Micro-Spatial Histories of Labour: Towards a New Global History

    De Vito, Christian G. (et al.)

    Pages 1-28

  • Moving Hands: Types and Scales of Labour Mobility in the Late Medieval Eastern Mediterranean (1200–1500 CE)

    Mitsiou, Ekaterini (et al.)

    Pages 29-67

  • Catholic Missions and Native Subaltern Workers: Connected Micro-Histories of Labour from India and Brazil, ca. 1545–1560

    Marcocci, Giuseppe

    Pages 69-93

  • Prisoners of War, Captives or Slaves? The Christian Prisoners of Tunis and La Goleta in 1574

    Tarruell, Cecilia

    Pages 95-122

  • Making the Place Work: Managing Labour in Early Modern China

    Gerritsen, Anne

    Pages 123-145

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Micro-Spatial Histories of Global Labour
Editors
  • Christian G. De Vito
  • Anne Gerritsen
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-58490-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-58490-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-58489-8
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-86416-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXIII, 357
Number of Illustrations
13 b/w illustrations, 11 illustrations in colour
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