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Brazil and the Struggle for Rubber : A Study in Environmental History - Warren Dean

Brazil and the Struggle for Rubber

A Study in Environmental History

Hardcover Published: 29th February 2008
ISBN: 9780521334778
Number Of Pages: 252

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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.

"Dean has written a lucid and solidly researched account of how a particular plant disease prevented the development of an important branch of agriculture in one country, thereby affecting its economic development, Brazil and the Struggle for Rubber is warmly recommended as a perceptive study of the relationship between humans and their environment." ISIS "In his sophisticated integration of ecological concepts into a socioeconomic history of rubber cultivation, Dean sets a high standard." Martin T. Katzman, American Historical Review "Warren Dean spins a good tale and draws some insightful conclusions about the limits of human ability to manipulate the environment." Report on the Americas

Explanatory notes
Abbreviations
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Prometheus in reverse, 1855+1876
Awaiting developments, 1876+1906
Production and folklore, 1876+1910
The reason why, 1904+1923
A jump in the dark, 1923+1940
The battle for rubber, 1940+1945
Administrative discontinuities, 1946+1961
Complete perplexity, 1961+1972
Economically guaranteed, 1973+1986
Conclusion
Appendix
Notes
Glossary
Index
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ISBN: 9780521334778
ISBN-10: 0521334772
Series: Cambridge Studies in Oral and Literate Culture
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 252
Published: 29th February 2008
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.75
Weight (kg): 0.54

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