Skip to content
Register Sign in Wishlist
Brazil and the Struggle for Rubber

Brazil and the Struggle for Rubber
A Study in Environmental History


Part of Studies in Environment and History

  • Date Published: July 2002
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521526920

£ 36.99

Add to cart Add to wishlist

Other available formats:

Looking for an inspection copy?

This title is not currently available on inspection

Product filter button
About the Authors
  • Brazil once enjoyed a near monopoly in rubber when the commodity was gathered in the wild. By 1913, however, cultivated rubber in South-east 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 produce a significant rubber crop again in Brazil. In the Amazon attempts to shift to cultivated rubber failed repeatedly. Brazilian social and economic conditions have been blamed for these failures, in particular the failure of local capitalists and the refusal of the working class to accept wage labour. Dean shows in this study, however, that the difficulty was mainly ecological: the rubber tree in the wild lives in close association with a parasitic leaf fungus; when the tree was planted in close stands, the blight appeared in epidemic proportions.

    Customer reviews

    Not yet reviewed

    Be the first to review

    Review was not posted due to profanity


    , create a review

    (If you're not , sign out)

    Please enter the right captcha value
    Please enter a star rating.
    Your review must be a minimum of 12 words.

    How do you rate this item?


    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2002
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521526920
    • length: 252 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 150 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.382kg
    • contains: 9 b/w illus. 1 map 2 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Explanatory notes
    1. Prometheus in reverse, 1855–1876
    2. Awaiting developments, 1876–1906
    3. Production and folklore, 1876–1910
    4. The reason why, 1904–1923
    5. A jump in the dark, 1923–1940
    6. The battle for rubber, 1940–1945
    7. Administrative discontinuities, 1946–1961
    8. Complete perplexity, 1961–1972
    9. Economically guaranteed, 1973–1986

  • Author

    Warren Dean, New York University

Related Books

Sorry, this resource is locked

Please register or sign in to request access. If you are having problems accessing these resources please email

Register Sign in
Please note that this file is password protected. You will be asked to input your password on the next screen.

» Proceed

You are now leaving the Cambridge University Press website. Your eBook purchase and download will be completed by our partner Please see the permission section of the catalogue page for details of the print & copy limits on our eBooks.

Continue ×

Continue ×

Continue ×
warning icon

Turn stock notifications on?

You must be signed in to your Cambridge account to turn product stock notifications on or off.

Sign in Create a Cambridge account arrow icon

Find content that relates to you

Join us online

This site uses cookies to improve your experience. Read more Close

Are you sure you want to delete your account?

This cannot be undone.


Thank you for your feedback which will help us improve our service.

If you requested a response, we will make sure to get back to you shortly.

Please fill in the required fields in your feedback submission.