An Economic History of Imperial Madagascar, 1750-1895: The Rise and Fall of an Island Empire

An Economic History of Imperial Madagascar, 1750-1895: The Rise and Fall of an Island Empire

by Gwyn Campbell
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521103916

ISBN-13: 9780521103916

Pub. Date: 11/01/2008

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This comprehensive economic history of pre-colonial Madagascar examines the island's role in the burgeoning international economy and the rise of modern European imperialism. It reveals that the Merina of the Central Highlands attempted to found an island empire and, through the exploitation of its human and natural resources, develop the economic and military

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This comprehensive economic history of pre-colonial Madagascar examines the island's role in the burgeoning international economy and the rise of modern European imperialism. It reveals that the Merina of the Central Highlands attempted to found an island empire and, through the exploitation of its human and natural resources, develop the economic and military might to challenge British and French pretensions in the region. Ultimately, their failure (due to imperial forced labor policies and natural disasters) caused the nefarious consequences, attributed to external capitalist and French colonial policies.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521103916
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
11/01/2008
Series:
African Studies Series
Pages:
436
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction;
1. The Traditional Economy, 1750-1820: Industry and Agriculture;
2. The Traditional Economy, 1750-1820: Commerce;
3. Empire and the Adoption of Autarky, 1810-1826;
4. Industry and Agriculture, 1820-1895;
5. Labour, 1820-1895;
6. Population, 1820-1895;
7. The Trading Structure, 1820-1895;
8. Foreign Trade, 1820-1895;
9. The Slave Trade, 1820-1895;
10. Transport and Communications, 1820-1895;
11. Currency and Finance, 1820-1895;
12. Madagascar in the Scramble for Indian Ocean Africa; Epilogue: The Rise and Fall of Imperial Madagascar; Appendices; Bibliography; Glossary; Index.

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