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The history of the modern world can be described through the history of the commodities that were produced, traded and consumed, on an increasingly global scale. The papers presented in this book show how in this process borders were transgressed, local agents combined with metropolitan representatives, power relations were contested and frontiers expanded. Including cases from Asia, Africa and the Americas, as well as a number of global commodities (sugar, tobacco, rubber, cotton, cassava, tea and beer), this collection presents a sample of the range of innovative research taking place today into commodity history. Together they cover the last two centuries, in which commodities have led the consolidation of a globalised economy and society - forging this out of distinctive local experiences of cultivation and production, and regional circuits of trade.

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Jonathan Curry-Machado coordinates the British Academy Research Project, 'Commodities of Empire', and is currently researching the impact of the sugar frontier on rural society in the Hispanic Caribbean. His book Cuban Sugar Industry: Transnational Networks and Engineering Migrants in Mid-Nineteenth Century Cuba was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2011.

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List of Figures

Preface and Acknowledgements


Global Commodities, Local Interactions: An Introduction; Jonathan Curry-Machado

1. Routeing the Commodities of the Empire through Sikkim (1817-1906); Vibha Arora

2. Indian Pale Ale: an Icon of Empire; Alan Pryor

3. The Control of Port Services by International Companies in the Macaronesian Islands (1850-1914); Miguel Suárez Bosa

4. Of Stocks and Barter: John Holt and the Kongo Rubber Trade, 1906-1910; Jelmer Vos

5. Coercion and Resistance in the Colonial Market: Cotton in Britain's African Empire; Jonathan E. Robins

6. A Periodisation of Globalisation According to the Mauritian Integration into the International Sugar Commodity Chain (1825-2005); Patrick Neveling

7. In Cane's Shadow: Commodity Plantations and the Local Agrarian Economy on Cuba's Mid-nineteenth Century Sugar Frontier; Jonathan Curry-Machado

8. Cuban Popular Resistance to the 1953 London Sugar Agreement; Steve Cushion

9. Tobacco Growers, Resistance and Accommodation to American Domination in Puerto Rico, 1899-1940; Teresita A. Levy

10. The Battle for Rubber in the Second World War: Cooperation and Resistance; William G. Clarence-Smith

11. Beyond 'Exotic Groceries': Tapioca-Cassava-Manioc, a Hidden Commodity of Empires and Globalisation; Kaori O'Connor

12. El Habano: The Global Luxury Smoke; Jean Stubbs

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Curry-machado, Jonathan (edt)
Palgrave MacMillan
Curry-Machado, Jonathan
Asia - India & South Asia
Americas (North Central South West Indies)
Caribbean & West Indies - General
World History-Africa
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8 figures, 4 maps, 1 table
8.5 x 5.43 in 1 lb

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History and Social Science » Asia » India » Ancient and General
History and Social Science » Economics » General
History and Social Science » Politics » General
History and Social Science » World History » Africa
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