A World History of Rubber: Empire, Industry, and the by Stephen L. Harp PDF

By Stephen L. Harp

ISBN-10: 1118934245

ISBN-13: 9781118934241

An international heritage of Rubber is helping readers comprehend and achieve new insights into the social and cultural contexts of worldwide construction and intake, from the 19th century to this present day, during the interesting tale of 1 commodity.

Divides the assurance into topics of race, migration, and exertions; gender on plantations and in factories; call for and daily intake; international Wars and nationalism; and resistance and independence
Highlights the interrelatedness of our global lengthy ahead of the age of globalization and the worldwide social inequalities that persist today
Discusses key ideas of the 19th and 20th centuries, together with imperialism, industrialization, racism, and inequality, in the course of the lens of rubber
offers an interesting and available narrative for all degrees that's jam-packed with archival learn, illustrations, and maps

Acknowledgments ix Timeline xi worldwide Rubber and Tire businesses xvii advent: Why Rubber? 1 worldwide Connections eight 1 Race, Migration, and hard work 10 Wild Rubber and Early eleven Wild Rubber and Empire 14 Plantations growth: Rationality and potency 17 Plantation Hierarchies 21 Race and within the usa and Europe 29 2 girls and Gender on Plantations and in Factories forty Gendering the Jungle and the Plantation forty two Asian ladies on Plantations forty four eu girls and Racism forty eight The Colonizing girl 50 Gendered construction within the usa and Europe fifty two Rubber and intercourse in Indochine fifty six three call for and daily intake sixty one daily intake on Southeast Asian Plantations sixty two type and intake in North the USA and Europe sixty four Race and intake in Europe and North the US sixty eight Gender and intake in Europe and North the USA seventy one Gendering copy seventy seven four international Wars, Nationalism, and Imperialism eighty three global battle I eighty four See the US First on sturdy Roads 86 Flying for the kingdom 88 limiting Rubber within the Wake of struggle ninety American Assertions: Herbert Hoover and US exchange ninety one Firestone and associates ninety four Firestone in Liberia ninety six Germany: Colonies and chemical compounds ninety nine international warfare II and the U.S. Scramble for Rubber 102 Nazi Racism and Buna at Auschwitz one hundred and five Imperialism and Nationalism within the Wake of worldwide conflict II 107 five Resistance and Independence 111 Plantations and Resistance 112 international financial trouble and Plantation hard work 118 good fortune of the Smallholders one hundred twenty Plantations less than the japanese 124 Independence and Decolonization 126 United Rubber employees 131 end: Forgetting and Remembering Rubber 137 instructed Readings 142 Index 157

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There does not appear to have been significant ongoing trade in latex or rubber objects between the Mexica and the Incas or other groups on the South American continent, so it is likely that the inhabitants of the Amazon river basin learned independently of Central American peoples how to tap what Europeans later dubbed rubber trees, including Hevea brasiliensis, or simply hevea. Tupi‐speaking Indians in what is now Brazil called the tree cahuchu, literally “wood that weeps,” variants of which became the word for “rubber” in several European languages: caucho in Spanish, caoutchouc in French, and Kautschuk in German.

On the other, fundamental connections were hidden by the social and cultural norms of the time, norms that made careful and elaborate distinctions among races—especially between people of color and whites—between women and men, and between middle‐class managers and working‐class laborers. European empires at home and abroad were above all hierarchical, much as plantations were. European planters saw themselves as undertaking what British imperial writer Rudyard Kipling called “The White Man’s Burden” to control and “c­ivilize” people of color, women, and workers.

Published 2016 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Race, Migration, and Labor Americans of European descent investing and working in European colonies) could undertake what the French called the “civilizing mission [mission civilisatrice]” by making the colonized more efficient and thus more productive. This chapter explores issues of race and imperialism in colonizers’ management of people and land from the late nineteenth century through the first half of the twentieth. For background, it begins with an account of the “wild” rubber “discovered” and exploited in the Amazon and the Congo, especially once nineteenth‐century inventors fashioned various useful (and marketable) products out of rubber.

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