New Frontiers of Slavery

Edited by Dale W. Tomich
Introduction by Dale W. Tomich

Subjects: Sociology, History, Latin American Studies, African American Studies
Series: SUNY Press Open Access, SUNY series, Fernand Braudel Center Studies in Historical Social Science
Paperback : 9781438458649, 268 pages, January 2017
Hardcover : 9781438458632, 268 pages, March 2016

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Vassouras Yesterday and Today: Revisiting the Work of Stanley J. Stein
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Agency and Transnational Perspectives on the Constitution of Waged, Unfree, and Free Labor: The Role of Mobility in the Nineteenth Century
Yann Moulier Boutang

The Discovery of Progress in Cuba: Machines, Slaves, Businesses
José Antonio Piqueras

Antislavery and Nationalism on the Two Sides of the Atlantic: In Search of Forgotten Links between the Nineteenth-Century Americas and Europe
Enrico Dal Lago

African Labor in Guyana and the Expansion of the Second Slavery
Wazir Mohamed

On the Blurred Boundaries of Freedom: Liberated Africans in Cuba, 1817–1870
Inés Roldán de Montaud

Plantation Laboratories: Industrial Experiments in the Cuban Sugar Mill, 1830–1860
Daniel Rood

Slavery, Frontier, and Diplomatic Relations: Brazil-Uruguay, 1840–1860
Keila Grinberg & Rachel Caé

Ruling the Household: Masters and Domestic Slaves in the Paraíba Valley, Brazil, during the Nineteenth Century
Mariana Muaze

French Travelers and Journalists Debate the Lei do Ventre Livre of 1871
Claudia Santos

List of Contributors

Essays challenging conventional understandings of the slave economy of the nineteenth century.


The essays presented in New Frontiers of Slavery represent new analytical and interpretive approaches to the crisis of Atlantic slavery during the nineteenth century. By treating slavery within the framework of the modern world economy, they call attention to new zones of slave production that were formed as part of processes of global economic and political restructuring. Chapters by a group of international historians, economists, and sociologists examine both the global dynamics of the new slavery, and various aspects of economy-society and master-slave relations in the new zones. They emphasize the ways in which certain slave regimes, particularly in Cuba and Brazil, were formed as specific local responses to global processes, industrialization, urbanization, market integration, the formation of national states, and the emergence of liberal ideologies and institutions. These essays thus challenge conventional understandings of slavery, which often regard it as incompatible with modernity.

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Dale W. Tomich is Deputy Director of the Fernand Braudel Center for the Study of Economies, Historical Systems, and Civilizations, and Professor of Sociology and History at Binghamton University, State University of New York. He is the author of Through the Prism of Slavery: Labor, Capital, and World Economy.