British Economic Development in South East Asia, 1880–1939
Description: The shift in financial power from the United States to the East has led toincreasing academic attention on the history of Asian economies. The booming‘tiger’ economies of the late twentieth century have their origins in thecolonial period when many of their industries and much of their infrastructurewas first established.This primary resource collection focuses on the economic development of theareas of South East Asia with which Britain had a trading relationship –Borneo, Brunei, Burma, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand. Covering the mainperiod of development (1880–1939), the economic growth of the region isrevealed through a selection of rare documents organized thematically withsections dedicated to agriculture, mining, industry, trade, labour, finance andinfrastructure.The collection provides an opportunity to observe the trade and business linksfor the region as a whole rather than just the stories of individual nations. Itcharts changes in the growing and processing of key commodities such as tea,rice, coconuts, palm oil, opium and rubber, as well as covering finance,construction and the development of the region’s transport and communicationssystems. The social and economic impact of inward migration from China,Indonesia and India and the effects of white settlement on native populationsare also documented. It will be an important resource for those researchingAsian history, empire and colonialism and economic history.
Contents: Volume 1: AgricultureThe abundant nature of South East Asian agriculture offered many opportunitiesfor exploitation by the British. During the period of British involvement in theregion agriculture went from a system of subsistence farming to one of highlydeveloped cash crops destined for an international market. Production methodsand the economics of agriculture went through a period of exponential changewhich still has legacies today.This volume collates documents surveying and assessing the potential of rice,timber, rubber and opium amongst other crops. Sources cover both methods ofagricultural production and marketing. Editorial matter explores the reasonseach crop was cultivated and the differences between indigenous and Westernproduction methods.General IntroductionEditorial Selection and Textual PrinciplesAgricultureR G Watson, The Land Laws and Land Administration of the Federated Malay States(1908); D H Grist, Malaya: Agriculture, ‘Land Tenure’ (1929), extract;Anon., The Land Regulations of British North Borneo, 1894: Approved by the Courtof Directors of the British North Borneo Company, on the 5th Day of June, 1894(1894); L Wray Jr, Notes on Perak with a Sketch of its Vegetable, Animal andMineral Products (1886), extract; Anon., General Cultivation (1924); G E Shaw,Malay Industries. Part 3. Rice Planting (1911), extract; Anon., ‘Report of theRice Cultivation Committee, 1931. Volume 1’ (1931), extract; A B Jordan,‘Memorandum. Rice Cultivation by Chinese in Malaya, 11th October, 1930’(1930), extract; F Noel-Paton, Burma Rice (1912); E Macfadyen, Rubber Plantingin Malaya (1924), extract; D H Grist, Nationality of Ownership and Nature ofConstitution of Rubber Estates in Malaya (1933); Anon., Report of the CommissionAppointed by His Excellency the High Commissioner for the Malay States toEnquire Whether Any Action Should be Taken by the Government to Give Protectionor Assistance to the Rubber Industry (1918); Anon., Economic Survey of theSugarcane Industry in the East Central, Tenasseria and Northern AgriculturalCircles (1926); D H Grist, Malaya: Agriculture, ‘Oil Palms’ (1929), extract;H L Coghlan, Coconut Industry in Malaya (1924), extract; Anon., Report of aCommittee … to Investigate and Report on the Present Economic Condition of theCoconut and Other Vegetable Oil Producing Industries in Malaya (1934), extract;G E S Cubitt, Wood in the Federated Malay States: Its Use, Misuse and FutureProvision (1920), extract; J P Mead, Annual Report on Forest Administration inMalaya including Brunei, 1939 (1939); ‘Notes on Forest Exploitation and theForestry Service in British North Borneo and Dutch N.E Borneo’ (),extract; Anon., Forestry in Brunei: A Statement Prepared for the British EmpireForestry Conference, South Africa, 1935 (1935); Anon., Burma Teak (1935),extract; R L German, Handbook to British Malaya (1927), extract; R Winstedt,