The Global Coffee Economy in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, 1500-1989

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Emphasizing the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, this volume brings together scholars from nine countries who study coffee markets and societies over the last five centuries in fourteen countries, on four continents, and across the Indian and Pacific Oceans. The chapters analyze the creation and function of commodity, labor, and financial markets; the role of race, ethnicity, gender, and class in the formation of coffee societies; the interaction between technology and ecology; and the impact of colonial powers, nationalist regimes, and the forces of the world economy in the forging of economic development and political democracy.

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" important overview of the social and political history of one global commodity." -International Journal of African Historical Studies

"The editors of this excellent collection bring together contributions from different groups of scholars in such a way that the groups speak meaningfully to each other and offer a clear basis for making general inferences, both about coffee as a commodity and about the global economy." -The Journal of Interdisciplinary History

"This is a rich volume that cannot be ignored by anyone interested in exploring the historical significance of coffee and how this one commodity influenced the lives of people from as far afield as Sao Paulo and Rwanda." -Alberto E. Nickerson, World History Bulletin

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521521727
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 3/31/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 508
  • Sales rank: 1,355,122
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 1.14 (d)

Table of Contents

Part I. Introduction: Coffee and Global Development Steven Topik and William Gervase Clarence-Smith; Part II. Origins of the World Coffee Economy: 1. The integration of the world coffee market Steven Topik; 2. Coffee in the Red Sea area from the 16th to the 19th century Michel Tuchscherer; 3. The origins and development of coffee production in Réunion and Madagascar, 1711–1960 Gwyn Campbell; 4. The coffee crisis in Asia, Africa, and the Pacific, 1870–1914 William Gervase Clarence-Smith; 5. The historical construction of quality and competitiveness: a preliminary discussion of coffee commodity chains Mario Samper K.; Part III. Peasants: Race, Gender, and Property: 6. Coffee cultivation in Java, 1830–1907 M. R. Fernando; 7. Labor, race and gender on the coffee plantations in Ceylon (Sri Lanka), 1834–80 Rachel Kurien; 8. Coffee and indigenous labor in Guatemala, 1871–1980 David McCreery; 9. Patriarchy from above, patriarchy from below, debt peonage on Nicaraguan coffee estates, 1870–1930 Elizabeth Dore; 10. Small farmers and coffee in Nicaragua Julie Charlip; Part IV. Coffee, Politics, and State Building: 11. Coffee and recolonization of Highland Chiapas, Mexico: Indian communities and plantation labor, 1892–1912 Jan Rus; 12. Comparing coffee production in Cameroon and Tanzania, c.1900 to 1960s: land, labor and politics Andreas Eckert; 13. Smaller is better: a consensus of peasants and bureaucrats in colonial Tanganyika Kenneth Curtis; 14. On paths not taken: commercial capital and coffee production in Costa Rica Lowell Gudmundson; 15. Coffee and development of the Rio de Janeiro economy: 1888–1920 Hildete Pereira de Melo; Part V. Conclusion: New Propositions and a Research Agenda Steven Topik and William Gervase Clarence-Smith.

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