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The parts and the whole: indentured labor in the Portuguese Empire: Macau and Mozambique in the nineteenth-century world economy

Grant number: 22/01343-8
Support Opportunities:Scholarships abroad - Research
Effective date (Start): February 06, 2023
Effective date (End): July 05, 2023
Field of knowledge:Humanities - History - Modern and Contemporary History
Principal Investigator:Paulo Cesar Goncalves
Grantee:Paulo Cesar Goncalves
Host Investigator: Elvira Cunha de Azevedo Silva Mea
Host Institution: Faculdade de Ciências e Letras (FCL-ASSIS). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de Assis. Assis , SP, Brazil
Research place: Centro de Investigação Transdisciplinar "Cultura, Espaço e Memória" (CITCEM), Portugal  


Supported by extensive documentation located in Portuguese archives, the research project aims to analyze the specificities of the trafficking of workers engaged in Macau and Mozambique as parts of the Portuguese Empire and its relationship with the 19th century world economy, identifying the nuances of the modus operandi of the metropolis regarding the departure of populations from these two territories to control the flow, and, eventually, channel it according to their interests, at the same time as they sought to justify themselves as a colonizing nation and move away from the taint of a slave empire. Based on these particularities, it seeks to establish a historical parallel between the slave trade and slavery in Mozambique with indentured labor in Chinese territory, having as a parameter the expanded concept of forced labor, the Global History of Labor and the different conjunctures of the slavery in the Atlantic and Indian worlds. (AU)

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