Studies in History volume 28, issue 2, P301-304 2012 DOI: 10.1177/0257643013482406 View full text
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Dhiraj Kumar Nite

Abstract: The seafarer was a man of the world. Indian seamen, officially called lascar (coolies or manual workers) employed by British shipping companies were the earliest global workers in the subcontinent. Their working life spanned from Calcutta and Bombay ports, engine-room and decks of ships, and other Asian, African, British and American ports. They were nearly 44000 seamen i.e., one third of total employment on British vessels in 1937.Balachandran brings to us a lucid and elaborate account relating to the world o…

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