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A Global History of Runaways

Workers, Mobility, and Capitalism, 1600–1850

Table of Contents

Introduction: Flight as Fight, Leo Lucassen and Lex Heerma van Voss


  1. Timothy Coates, Runaways and Deserters in the Early Modern Portuguese Empire: The Examples of São Tomé Island, South Asia, and Southern Portugal
  2. Johan Heinsen, Escaping St. Thomas: Class Relations and Convict Strategies in the Danish West Indies, 1672–1687
  3. James F. Dator, Between the Mountains and the Sea: Knowledge, Networks, and Transimperial Desertion in the Leeward Archipelago, 1627–1727
  4. Titas Chakraborty, Desertion of European Sailors and Soldiers in Early Eighteenth- Century Bengal
  5. Yevan Terrien, “More of a Danger to the Colony Than the Enemy Himself ”: Military Labor, Desertion, and Imperial Rule in French Louisiana (ca. 1715–1760)
  6. Nicole Ulrich, “Journeying into Freedom”: Traditions of Desertion at the Cape of Good Hope, 1652–1795
  7. Matthias van Rossum, Running Together or Running Apart? Diversity, Desertion, and Resistance in the Dutch East India Company Empire, 1650–1800
  8. Hamish Maxwell-Stewart and Michael Quinlan, Voting with Their Feet: Absconding and Labor Exploitation in Convict Australia
  9. Anita Rupprecht, “He says that if he is not taught a trade, he will run away”: Recaptured Africans, Desertion, and Mobility in the British Caribbean, 1808–1828
  10. Mary Niall Mitchell, Lurking but Working: City Maroons in Antebellum New Orleans
  11. Jesse Olsavsky, Runaway Slaves, Vigilance Committees, and the Pedagogy of Revolutionary Abolitionism, 1835–1863