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A History of Natural Resources in Asia
The Wealth of Nature
 
 
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11 Oct 2007
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Much has been written about the wealth of nations, the history of unequal distribution and zones of affluence and deprivation within and between societies. This book explores why some Asian nations are more prosperous than others through an examination of how their interaction with and utilization of resources has changed over the centuries.


Description

Much has been written about the wealth of nations, the history of unequal distribution and zones of affluence and deprivation within and between societies. This book explores why some Asian nations are more prosperous than others through an examination of how their interaction with and utilization of resources has changed over the centuries.


Reviews

"The stimulating essays in this volume mesh well to give a firm sense of a crucial subject for south, southeast, and East Asian history: the role of nature and natural resources. The authors reach back several centuries to provide perspectives that illuminate both the history of monsoon Asia and the dilemmas of resource management today." - J.R. McNeill, Cinco Hermanos Chair of Environmental and International Affairs Georgetown University"This is a pioneering, exceptionally welcome inquiry into a critical topic, namely, the complex relation between social development and natural resources in Asia during the last thousand years. Although the book focuses on Southeast Asia, its wide theoretical interests and the inclusion of first-rate essays on India, China, and Japan give it a very wide appeal."
- Victor Lieberman, University of Michigan"Highly recommended." - CHOICE


Contents

Introduction: Natural Resources and the Shape of Asian History, 1500-2000; G.Bankoff & P.Boomgaard
Natural Resource Management and Mismanagement: Observations from Southeast Asian Agricultural History; D.Henley
PART I: RESOURCES AND STATE
The Physical Transformation of the Central Thai Region in Pre-Modern Times; B.Terwiel
Poor Little Rich Islands: Metals in Bangka-Belitung and West Kalimantan; M.Somers Heidhues
Making Places and Making States: Agriculture, Metallurgy, and the Wealth of Nature in South India; K.Morrison
PART II: FORESTS AND DEVELOPMENT
From Wood to Timber: Changing Perceptions of Philippine Forests, 1565-1900; G.Bankoff
Seeing the Timber for the Forest: The Wood in Japanese Capitalism; G.Clancey
Burma and the Politics of Teak: Dissecting a Resource Curse; R.Bryant
Losing Ground: Development, Natural Resources, and the Dispossession of Malaysia's Orang Asli; R.Aiken
PART III: ENVIRONMENTS AND LIVELIHOODS
From Riches to Rags?: Rice Production and Trade in Asia, Particularly Indonesia, 1500-1950; P.Boomgaard
Instructive and Nourishing Landscapes: Natural Resources, People, and the State in Late Imperial China; F.Bray
Demographic Growth, Agricultural Expansion, and Livestock in the Lower Chindwin in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries; M.Charney
"Stealing from the Gods:" Fisheries and Local Use of Natural Resources in Vietnam, 1800-2000; J.Kleinen


Authors

GREG BANKOFF is Associate Professor of History, University of Auckland, New Zealand.

PETER BOOMGAARD is Senior Researcher, KITLV/Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies, Leiden, The Netherlands.