The papers presented in this collection offer a wide range of cases, from Asia, Africa and the Americas, and broadly cover the last two centuries, in which commodities have led to the consolidation of a globalised economy and society forging this out of distinctive local experiences of cultivation and production, and regional circuits of trade.
Vibha Arora, Associate Professor, the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, India William Gervase Clarence-Smith, Professor, the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, UK Steve Cushion, Secretary, the University and Colleges Union (UCU), UK Teresita A. Levy, Assistant Professor, Lehman College, City University of New York, USA Patrick Neveling, Researcher, Historical Institute of the University of Berne, Switzerland Kaori O'Connor, Senior Research Fellow, University College London (UCL), UK Alan Pryor, Doctorate, University of Essex, UK Jonathan Robins, Assistant Professor, Michigan Technological University, USA Jean Stubbs, Professor Emerita, London Metropolitan University, UK Miguel Suárez Bosa, Professor, Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Spain) Jelmer Vos, Assistant Professor, Old Dominion University, USA
List of Figures Preface and Acknowledgements Contributors Global Commodities, Local Interactions: An Introduction; Jonathan Curry-Machado 1. Routeing the Commodities of the Empire through Sikkim (1817-1906); Vibha Arora 2. Indian Pale Ale: an Icon of Empire; Alan Pryor 3. The Control of Port Services by International Companies in the Macaronesian Islands (1850-1914); Miguel Suárez Bosa 4. Of Stocks and Barter: John Holt and the Kongo Rubber Trade, 1906-1910; Jelmer Vos 5. Coercion and Resistance in the Colonial Market: Cotton in Britain's African Empire; Jonathan E. Robins 6. A Periodisation of Globalisation According to the Mauritian Integration into the International Sugar Commodity Chain (1825-2005); Patrick Neveling 7. In Cane's Shadow: Commodity Plantations and the Local Agrarian Economy on Cuba's Mid-nineteenth Century Sugar Frontier; Jonathan Curry-Machado 8. Cuban Popular Resistance to the 1953 London Sugar Agreement; Steve Cushion 9. Tobacco Growers, Resistance and Accommodation to American Domination in Puerto Rico, 1899-1940; Teresita A. Levy 10. The Battle for Rubber in the Second World War: Cooperation and Resistance; William G. Clarence-Smith 11. Beyond 'Exotic Groceries': Tapioca-Cassava-Manioc, a Hidden Commodity of Empires and Globalisation; Kaori O'Connor 12. El Habano: The Global Luxury Smoke; Jean Stubbs