The Burma Delta: Economic Development and Social Change on an Asian Rice Frontier, 1852-1941

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  • Copyright: 2011-04-20
  • Publisher: Univ of Wisconsin Pr
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In the decades following its annexation to the Indian Empire in 1852, Lower Burma (the Irrawaddy-Sittang delta region) was transformed from an underdeveloped and sparsely populated backwater of the Konbaung Empire into the worldrs"s largest exporter of rice. This seminal and far-reaching work focuses on two major aspects of that transformation: the growth of the agrarian sector of the rice industry of Lower Burma and the history of the plural society that evolved largely in response to rapid economic expansion.

Author Biography

Michael Adas is the Abraham E. Voorhees Professor of History at Rutgers University. He is author of Machines as the Measure of Men: Science, Technology, and Ideologies of Western Dominance and Dominance by Design: Technological Imperatives and America's Civilizing Mission.

Table of Contents

List of Mapsp. ix
List of Tablesp. xi
Preface to the 2011 Editionp. xiii
Acknowledgmentsp. xxi
Citation of Selected Government Reportsp. xxiii
Introductionp. 3
The Foundations of Social and Economic Development
The Delta Rice Frontier under Konbaung and Early British Rulep. 15
The Early Phase of Growth, 1852-1907
Internal Migration in the Last Half of the Nineteenth Centuryp. 41
Agrarian Development on the Advancing Rice Frontierp. 58
Indian Immigration to Lower Burma in the First Phase of Developmentp. 83
The Genesis of the Plural Society in Lower Burma: The Era of Symbiosisp. 103
The Decades of Transition, 1908-30
The Closing Rice Frontier and New Patterns of Agrarian Developmentp. 127
Changing Migration Patterns and the Rise of Competition in the Mature Plural Societyp. 154
The Years of Social and Economic Crises, 1931-41
The Depression and Burma's Time of Troubles: Communal Violence and Agrarian Rebellionp. 185
Conclusionp. 209
Glossaryp. 227
Appendixp. 231
Bibliographyp. 235
Indexp. 253
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