Sugar, Steam and Steel

Sugar, Steam and Steel

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This is a book about the industrialisation of the manufacture of sugar - by that date a key global commodity - on a 'remote' colonial frontier in the middle decades of the nineteenth century. Between the 1830s and the 1880s the Indonesian island of Java, then part of the Dutch colonial empire, drew away from all its erstwhile Asian counterparts to become the 'Oriental Cuba'.While the Caribbean island held the position (which it took over from Brazil c.1850) of the world's second largest supplier of cane sugar to international commodity markets, 'Dutch' Java emerged from almost now-where to take second place. The island had begun the nineteenth century as one of a number of centres - in fact, a rather minor one - of pre-industrial sugar production located in tropical and sub-tropical Asia from the Indian sub-continent through to the southernmost islands of Japan.It ended the century not only as by far the largest of Asia's producer-exporters of sugar but also - critically - as the sole example of the sustained and successful large-scale industrialisation of sugar manufacture anywhere in 'the East'. This book sets out to explain how and why this happened - and what its implications were for the long-term trajectory of the Java sugar industry in the international sugar economy.... best research by publishing works through the internet as free downloads and for sale as high quality printed volumes. ... Eaquot; N. N.D. For the full Cataloguing-in- Publication data please contact the National Library of Australia: ISBN (paperback) 978-1-922064-98-1 ISBN (ebook: pdf) 978-1-922064-99-8 ISBN (ebook: epub) 978-1-92.5261-00-4 ISBN (ebook: kindle) 978-1-92.5261-01 -1anbsp;...

Title:Sugar, Steam and Steel
Author:G. Roger Knight
Publisher:University of Adelaide Press - 2014-12-01


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