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Sugarlandia Revisited

Sugarlandia Revisited

Ulbe Bosma | Juan A. Giusti-Cordero | G. Roger Knight


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Sugar was the single most valuable bulk commodity traded internationally before oil became the world’s prime resource. From the sixteenth to the eighteenth century, cane sugar production was pre-eminent in the Atlantic Islands, the Caribbean, and Brazil. Subsequently, cane sugar industries in the Americas were transformed by a fusion of new and old forces of production, as the international sugar economy incorporated production areas in Asia, the Pacific, and Africa. Sugar’s global economic importance and its intimate relationship with colonialism offer an important context for probing the nature of colonial societies. This book questions some major assumptions about the nexus between sugar production and colonial societies in the Caribbean and Southeast Asia, especially in the second (post-1800) colonial era.

Ulbe Bosma is Senior Research Fellow at the International Institute of Social History. He is published on colonial Indonesia in Dutch, English and Portuguese and is co-author of a general history on the Dutch creole societies in Asia (forthcoming).

“The book is an invaluable contribution to the study of the political economies of these regions and offers fresh perspectives on metropolis-colony interactions. It challenges the Euro/US-centric historiography…[it] introduces the reader to a variety of archival sources.”  ·  The Newsletter of the International Institute for Asian Studies

G. Roger Knight teaches history at the University of Adelaide. He is widely published in the field of the social and economic history of colonial Java; his book Steam, Steel and Cane: A Global History of the Java Sugar Industry 1830-1960 is forthcoming.

Juan A. Giusti-Cordero is Professor of History at the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras. He has written extensively on Puerto Rican and Caribbean social history and is author of Land, Community, and Resistance in Piñones (Loíza), 18th-19th Centuries (forthcoming).

Table of Contents

Section Title Page Action Price
Series Page ii
Title Page iii
Copyright Page iv
Table Of Contents v
Introduction 1
Chapter 2. Sugarlandia Revisited 5
Chapter 3. Technology, Technicians and Bourgeoisie 31
Chapter 4. An Anatomy of Sugarlandia 53
Chapter 5. Sugar and Dynasty in Yogyakarta 73
Chapter 6. Hybridity, Colonial Capitalism and Indigenous Resistance 95
Chapter 7. 'A Teaspoon of Sugar...' 113
Chapter 8. Sugar, Slavery and Bourgeoisie 145
Chapter 9. The Spanish Immigrant in Cuba and Puerto Rico 159
Chapter 10. Compradors or Compadres? 'Sugar Barons' In Negroes (The Philippines) and Puerto Rico Under American Rule 177
Notes On Contributors 203
Bibliography 205
Index 227