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

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


Steven Topik, William Gervase Clarence-Smith, Michel Tuchscherer, Gwyn Campbell, Mario Samper K., M. R. Fernando, Rachel Kurien, David McCreery, Elizabeth Dore, Julie Charlip, Jan Rus, Andreas Eckert, Kenneth Curtis, Lowell Gudmundson, Hildete Pereira de Melo
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  • Date Published: February 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521521727


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  • Coffee beans grown in Brazil, Colombia, Vietnam, or one of the other hundred producing lands on five continents remain a palpable and long-standing manifestation of globalization. For five hundred years coffee has been grown in tropical countries for consumption in temperate regions. This 2003 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, with a special emphasis on the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The chapters analyse the creation and function of commodity, labour, 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.

    • The first book to focus on coffee economies in Africa, Asia, and Latin America
    • An international cast of scholars from Asia, Europe, Latin America, and North America who are historians, anthropologists, and economists
    • Spans five hundred years of history
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    'The production qualities of the book are excellent, the standard of writing is high, and the concepts employed are accessible. There are good references, helpful maps, and plenty of illustrative figures and tables. In particular, there is a substantial and very useful statistical appendix compiled by Mario Samper and Radin Fernando. In short, the editors and their fellow contributors have worked hard to produce a valuable addition to the literature on coffee and development.' The Economic History Review

    '… any attempt to understand the plight of coffee smallholders should consider the insights offered here.' African Studies Review

    '… a geographical tour-de-force …'. Journal of African History

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    • Date Published: February 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521521727
    • length: 508 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 154 x 30 mm
    • weight: 0.751kg
    • contains: 10 maps 28 tables
    • availability: Available
  • 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.

  • Editors

    William Gervase Clarence-Smith, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London

    Steven Topik, University of California, Irvine


    Steven Topik, William Gervase Clarence-Smith, Michel Tuchscherer, Gwyn Campbell, Mario Samper K., M. R. Fernando, Rachel Kurien, David McCreery, Elizabeth Dore, Julie Charlip, Jan Rus, Andreas Eckert, Kenneth Curtis, Lowell Gudmundson, Hildete Pereira de Melo

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