A History of Natural Resources in Asia: The Wealth of Nature

A History of Natural Resources in Asia: The Wealth of Nature

by G. Bankoff
     
 
Much has been written about the wealth of nations, the history of unequal distribution and zones of affluence and deprivation within and between societies. This book explores why some Asian nations are more prosperous than others through an examination of how their interaction with and utilization of resources has changed over the centuries.

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Much has been written about the wealth of nations, the history of unequal distribution and zones of affluence and deprivation within and between societies. This book explores why some Asian nations are more prosperous than others through an examination of how their interaction with and utilization of resources has changed over the centuries.

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"The stimulating essays in this volume mesh well to give a firm sense of a crucial subject for south, southeast, and East Asian history: the role of nature and natural resources. The authors reach back several centuries to provide perspectives that illuminate both the history of monsoon Asia and the dilemmas of resource management today." - J.R. McNeill, Cinco Hermanos Chair of Environmental and International Affairs Georgetown University"This is a pioneering, exceptionally welcome inquiry into a critical topic, namely, the complex relation between social development and natural resources in Asia during the last thousand years. Although the book focuses on Southeast Asia, its wide theoretical interests and the inclusion of first-rate essays on India, China, and Japan give it a very wide appeal."

- Victor Lieberman, University of Michigan"Highly recommended." - CHOICE

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781403977366
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan US
Publication date:
10/11/2007
Edition description:
2007
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.03(d)

Meet the Author

Greg Bankoff is Associate Professor of History, University of Auckland. Peter Boomgaard is Professor of Environmental and Economic History of Southeast Asia, University of Amsterdam, and Senior Researcher, KITLV/Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies, Leiden.

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