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Slaves of One MasterGlobalization and Slavery in Arabia in the Age of Empire$
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Matthew S Hopper

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780300192018

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300192018.001.0001

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Globalization and the End of the East African Slave Trade

Globalization and the End of the East African Slave Trade

(p.181) 6 Globalization and the End of the East African Slave Trade
Slaves of One Master

Matthew S. Hopper

Yale University Press

This chapter explains how global economic forces drove the catastrophic collapse of the Gulf’s two leading industries in the 1920s and 1930s and how this collapse affected the lives of enslaved Africans in the Gulf. The more developed economies of Japan and the United States replaced the Gulf’s exotic exports with products of their own, and in only a few years the Gulf’s date and pearl industries declined sharply and, with the help of the Great Depression, ultimately collapsed. With the Gulf economy in tatters, African labor declined in importance, and many slaves were cast out of their masters’ homes to fend for themselves, while the bonds between former masters and former slaves often remained strong.

Keywords:   Mozambique, Pearls, Japan, Cultured pearls, Mikimoto, Dates, California, Oman, Baluchistan, Kidnapping

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