Book ID: CBB827064585

Rubber and the Making of Vietnam: An Ecological History, 1897–1975 (2018)


Aso, Michitake (Author)

The University of North Carolina Press

Publication Date: 2018
Physical Details: 426
Language: English

Dating back to the nineteenth-century transplantation of a latex-producing tree from the Amazon to Southeast Asia, rubber production has wrought monumental changes worldwide. During a turbulent Vietnamese past, rubber transcended capitalism and socialism, colonization and decolonization, becoming a key commodity around which life and history have revolved. In this pathbreaking study, Michitake Aso narrates how rubber plantations came to dominate the material and symbolic landscape of Vietnam and its neighbors, structuring the region's environment of conflict and violence. Tracing the stories of agronomists, medical doctors, laborers, and leaders of independence movements, Aso demonstrates how postcolonial socialist visions of agriculture and medicine were informed by their colonial and capitalist predecessors in important ways. As rubber cultivation funded infrastructural improvements and the creation of a skilled labor force, private and state-run plantations became landscapes of oppression, resistance, and modernity.Synthesizing archival material in English, French, and Vietnamese, Aso uses rubber plantations as a lens to examine the entanglements of nature, culture, and politics and demonstrates how the demand for rubber has impacted nearly a century of war and, at best, uneasy peace in Vietnam.

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Review Patricia Pelley (2020) Review of "Rubber and the Making of Vietnam: An Ecological History, 1897–1975". American Historical Review (pp. 181-183). unapi

Review Gerard Sasges (2019) Review of "Rubber and the Making of Vietnam: An Ecological History, 1897–1975". Journal of Interdisciplinary History (pp. 313-314). unapi

Review Hieu Phung (April 2019) Review of "Rubber and the Making of Vietnam: An Ecological History, 1897–1975". Environmental History (pp. 385-387). unapi

Review Olga Dror (2019) Review of "Rubber and the Making of Vietnam: An Ecological History, 1897–1975". Agricultural History (pp. 573-575). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Kaur, Amarjit
Daviron, Benoit
Ross, Corey
Sharma, Jayeeta
Higgs, Catherine
Araral, Eduardo
Journal of Global History
Human Ecology: An Interdisciplinary Journal
Centaurus: International Magazine of the History of Mathematics, Science, and Technology
Science and Education
Cambridge University Press
Duke University Press
Ohio University Press
University of Pennsylvania Press
Palgrave Macmillan
University of Wisconsin at Madison
Labor and laborers
Science and society
Great Britain, colonies
Margulis, Lynn
Time Periods
19th century
20th century
20th century, early
18th century
20th century, late
Atlantic world
Malay; Malaysia

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