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Colonial Economy in Crisis : Burma's Rice Cultivators and the World Depression of the 1930s - Ian, Etc Brown

Colonial Economy in Crisis

Burma's Rice Cultivators and the World Depression of the 1930s

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This book challenges the orthodox argument that rural populations which had abandoned self-sufficiency in the nineteenth century to become single commodity producers, and which were supposedly very vulnerable to the commodity price collapse of the 1930s depression, did not in fact suffer as severely as has been supposed. It shows how the effects of the depression in the Burma rice delta were complicated, varying between regions, between different kinds of economic actors, and over time, and shows how the 'victims' of the depression were not passive, but worked imaginatively to mitigate their circumstances.

Prologue: finding the question -- The long view: growth and weakness in Burma's rice economy -- The course of the depression crisis -- Credit contraction and foreclosure -- Survival strategies and material circumstances -- The economic foundations of rebellion -- Epilogue: memory and perspective.

ISBN: 9780203312087
ISBN-10: 0203312082
Format: PDF
Language: English
Published: 9th March 2005