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Metamorphosis: The Rice Boom, Environmental Transformation, and the Problem of Truncation in Colonial Lower Burma, 1850–1940

Citation

Coclanis, Peter A. (2019). Metamorphosis: The Rice Boom, Environmental Transformation, and the Problem of Truncation in Colonial Lower Burma, 1850–1940. Agricultural History, 93(1), 35-67.

Abstract

During the period between roughly 1850 and 1940, Lower Burma came under British colonial rule and, as a result, experienced a profound transformation or “metamorphosis.” This metamorphosis had environmental, economic, and political dimensions, which Southeast Asian historians have well documented. This essay views the case in Lower Burma from the perspective of global history, at once synthesizing the specialist literature and adding to the mix other dimensions, particularly relating to human biology.

URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.3098/ah.2019.093.1.035

Reference Type

Journal Article

Year Published

2019

Journal Title

Agricultural History

Author(s)

Coclanis, Peter A.