Brazil and the Struggle for Rubber: A Study in Environmental History / Edition 1

Brazil and the Struggle for Rubber: A Study in Environmental History / Edition 1

by Warren Dean
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521526922

ISBN-13: 9780521526920

Pub. Date: 07/04/2002

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Brazil once enjoyed a near monopoly in rubber when that commodity was gathered in the wild. By 1913, however, cultivated rubber from Southeast Asia swept the Brazilian gathered product from the market. In this innovative study, Warren Dean demonstrates that environmental factors have played a key role in the many failed attempts to once again produce a significant

Overview

Brazil once enjoyed a near monopoly in rubber when that commodity was gathered in the wild. By 1913, however, cultivated rubber from Southeast Asia swept the Brazilian gathered product from the market. In this innovative study, Warren Dean demonstrates that environmental factors have played a key role in the many failed attempts to once again produce a significant rubber crop in Brazil. Dean traces the numerous attempts to plant rubber in Brazil, including the ill-fated Ford estates, and others established by the major multinational tire companies. He also analyzes the struggles of the Brazilian government to foster rubber development, in the hope of obtaining a domestic source of supply for national industries that are now dependent on imports from Southeast Asia.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521526920
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
07/04/2002
Series:
Studies in Environment and History Series
Edition description:
First Paperback Edition
Pages:
252
Sales rank:
1,220,477
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.59(d)

Table of Contents

Explanatory notes; Abbreviations; Acknowledgments; Introduction; 1. Prometheus in reverse, 1855–1876; 2. Awaiting developments, 1876–1906; 3. Production and folklore, 1876–1910; 4. The reason why, 1904–1923; 5. A jump in the dark, 1923–1940; 6. The battle for rubber, 1940–1945; 7. Administrative discontinuities, 1946–1961; 8. Complete perplexity, 1961–1972; 9. Economically guaranteed, 1973–1986; Conclusion; Appendix; Notes; Glossary; Index.

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