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Sugarlandia Revisited: Sugar and Colonialism in Asia and the Americas, 1800-1940

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Sugarlandia Revisited

Sugar and Colonialism in Asia and the Americas, 1800-1940

Edited by Ulbe Bosma, Juan A. Giusti-Cordero and G. Roger Knight
Introduction by Sidney Mintz

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“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


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).

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).

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.

Subject: Colonialism
Area: Asia Latin America


Chapter 1. Introduction
Sidney W. Mintz

Chapter 2. Sugarlandia Revisited: Sugar and Colonialism in Asia and the Americas, 1800 to 1940, An Introduction
Ulbe Bosma, Juan Giusti-Cordero and G. Roger Knight

Chapter 3. Technology, Technicians and Bourgeoisie: Thomas Jeoffries Edwards and the Industrial Project in Sugar in Mid-Nineteenth-Century Java
G. Roger Knight

Chapter 4. An Anatomy of Sugarlandia: Local Dutch Communities and the Colonial Sugar Industry in Mid-Nineteenth-Century Java
Arthur van Schaik and G. Roger Knight

Chapter 5. Sugar and Dynasty in
Yogyakarta Ulbe Bosma

Chapter 6. Hybridity, Colonial Capitalism and Indigenous Resistance: The Case of the Paku Alam in Central Java
Sri Margana

Chapter 7. ‘A Teaspoon of Sugar ...’: Assessing the Sugar Content in Colonial Discourse in the Dutch East Indies, 1880 to 1914
Joost Coté

Chapter 8. Sugar, Slavery and Bourgeoisie: The Emergence of the Cuban Sugar Industry
Manuel Barcia

Chapter 9. The Spanish Immigrants in Cuba and Puerto Rico: Their Role in the Process of National Formation in the Twentieth Century (1898 to 1930)
Jorge Ibarra

Chapter 10. Compradors or Compadres? ‘Sugar Barons’ in Negros (The Philippines) and Puerto Rico under American Rule
Juan Giusti-Cordero

Notes on Contributors

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