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AuthorLier, R. A. J. van. author
TitleFrontier Society [electronic resource] : A Social Analysis of the History of Surinam / by R. A. J. van Lier
ImprintDordrecht : Springer Netherlands : Imprint: Springer, 1971
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Descript VII, 441 p. 2 illus. online resource


The Dutch version of Frontier Society (Samenleving in een Grensยญ gebied) first appeared in 1949. A second Dutch edition of this work has been published in 1971, in the text of which a number of minor improveยญ ments have been made and a few passages added here and there, though on the whole the work has remained unchanged. The English translation presented here is of the Dutch text for the second impression. It is more than twenty years since the book was first published. There have been no publications since which have induced me to introduce major corrections or additions to the original work, and although further research in the Public Record Office in The Hague has brought more material to light, this did not give cause for altering the picture presented or the examples given either. This is due in the first place to the character of the work, being an attempt at presenting a structural and historical analysis of the development of an exploitation colony based on slavery into the type of society found in many parts of the world outside Europe in the period preceding decolonization. But it is probably also a consequence of the paucity of historical publications about a country on which there is such a wealth of material available


I. The โ{128}{156}Plantation of Surinamโ{128}{157} -- II. The White Masters -- III. The Settlement as a Slave Colony -- IV. The Jewish Community -- V. The Free Mulattoes and Negroes and the Position of the Manumitted -- VI. The Slaves -- VII. Emancipation and the Period of State Supervision -- VIII. Government Policy -- IX. The Economic and Social Changes after Emancipation -- X. State Organization and Political Tensions -- Postscript -- Table Iโ{128}{147}IV -- Bibliography of Selected Literature

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