Mobilizing Labour for the Global Coffee Market
Mobilizing Labour for the Global Coffee Market
Profits From an Unfree Work Regime in Colonial Java
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Prologue Chapter I. The Company as a Territorial Power Chapter II. The Introduction of Forced Cultivation Chapter III. From Trading Company to State Enterprise Chapter IV. Government Regulated Exploitation versus Private Agribusiness Chapter V. Unfree Labour as a Condition for Progress Chapter VI. The Coffee Regime under the Cultivation System Chapter VII. Winding Up the Priangan System of Governance Chapter VII. Eclipse of the Coffee Regime from the Sunda Highlands Epilogue Bibliography

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Winner of the ICAS Social Sciences 2017 Book Prize!

"It is a testimony to the humane breadth of concerns in Breman’s treatment of this aspect of global commodity production that questions such as these keep arising. Apart from studies by R.E. Elson and Radin Fernando, Java’s colonial historiography has been dominated recently by a near-obsessive concern with sugar. Breman’s in-depth study is hence a timely corrective — but it is, of course, very much more than that. It is a cliché to say that a book will be of great interest to both the "lay" reader and the specialist scholar. Th is book is precisely that, however, clearly set-out and handsomely produced by its Dutch publishers." - G. Roger Knight, The University of Adelaide Asian Studies Review, 2017 Vol. 41

"Breman has made an important contribution to the study of Javanese social and economic history. - Anne Booth, Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies

"I have little hesitation in placing Professor Breman's monograph at the top of my personal books of the year list. A careful, detailed, authoritative, and scholarly reconstruction of the forced cultivation of coffee in West Java, Mobilizing Labour for the Global Coffee Market is quite simply a masterpiece." - Internationales Asienforum

Jan Breman

Mobilizing Labour for the Global Coffee Market

Profits From an Unfree Work Regime in Colonial Java

Coffee has been grown on Java for the commercial market since the early eighteenth century, when the Dutch East India Company began buying from peasant producers in the Priangan highlands. What began as a commercial transaction, however, soon became a system of compulsory production. This book shows how the Dutch East India Company mobilised land and labour, why they turned to force cultivation, and what effects the brutal system they installed had on the economy and society.

Jan Breman

Jan Breman is emeritus professor of comparative sociology at the University of Amsterdam. He continues his scholarly research, mainly focused on work and labour in Asia, as Fellow at the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research and as a Honorary Fellow at the International Institute of Social History in Amsterdam