For the Health of the Enslaved: Slaves, Medicine & Power in the Danish West Indies, 1803-1848 (Hardback)
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For the Health of the Enslaved: Slaves, Medicine & Power in the Danish West Indies, 1803-1848 (Hardback)

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Hardback 368 Pages / Published: 26/04/2012
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With the abolition of the Danish slave trade in the early nineteenth century, slave health had become a central concern in the Danish West Indies. Plantation owners and colonial administrators were no longer able to replace a population decimated by high mortality rates with slaves from Africa. On this background, the author offers a comprehensive look at the health conditions of the enslaved workers and the health care policies initiated by planters and the colonial government. The investigations reveal that in a comparative Caribbean perspective, Danish West Indian health policies were often quite unique and efficient, but also that the health of the enslaved fuelled an ongoing power struggle between planters, administrators, and the enslaved in the waning years of human bondage in the New World.

Publisher: Museum Tusculanum Press
ISBN: 9788763531719
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 736 g
Dimensions: 140 x 235 x 28 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Few scholars have the necessary language skills to explore sugar slavery in the Danish and Dutch West Indies. In "For the Health of the Enslaved: Slaves, medicine and power in the Danish West Indies, 1803-1848", Niklas Thode Jensen offers us a rare opportunity to learn about aspects of sugar planting and its impact on the enslaved in St. Croix, the primary sugar island in the Danish West Indies."--Justin Roberts "Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History "
"Jensen succeeds in filling a tremendous gap in medical history and Caribbean history--namely, the state of health of the enslaved in the Danish West Indies. . . .[His] fine book will appeal to a variety of readers. Historians of medicine will find an excellent examination of slave health and colonial medicine. Scholars of the Caribbean will welcome this outstanding investigation into the medical world and disease environment of the Danish West Indies. Finally, students of slavery will appreciate Jensen's investigation into the lives and deaths of enslaved workers in this part of the world."--Karol K. Weaver "Bulletin of the History of Medicine "
Few scholars have the necessary language skills to explore sugar slavery in the Danish and Dutch West Indies. In"For the Health of the Enslaved: Slaves, medicine and power in the Danish West Indies, 1803-1848," Niklas Thode Jensen offers us a rare opportunity to learn about aspects of sugar planting and its impact on the enslaved in St. Croix, the primary sugar island in the Danish West Indies. --Justin Roberts "Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History ""
Jensen succeeds in filling a tremendous gap in medical history and Caribbean history namely, the state of health of the enslaved in the Danish West Indies. . . .[His] fine book will appeal to a variety of readers. Historians of medicine will find an excellent examination of slave health and colonial medicine. Scholars of the Caribbean will welcome this outstanding investigation into the medical world and disease environment of the Danish West Indies. Finally, students of slavery will appreciate Jensen s investigation into the lives and deaths of enslaved workers in this part of the world. --Karol K. Weaver "Bulletin of the History of Medicine ""

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