A Colonial Economy in Crisis: Burma's Rice Delta and the by Ian Brown

By Ian Brown

The ebook demanding situations the orthodox argument that rural populations which deserted self-sufficiency to develop into unmarried commodity manufacturers, and have been supposedly very at risk of the commodity cost cave in of the Nineteen Thirties melancholy, didn't endure up to has been intended. It indicates how the consequences of the melancholy have been complex, various among areas, among other forms of financial actors, and over the years, and indicates how the 'victims' of the melancholy weren't passive, operating imaginatively to mitigate their conditions.

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In the first place, rents – measured in baskets of paddy – had been raised in many districts. 18 And even when nominal rents remained unchanged, many landlords were still able to take more, simply by using larger measuring baskets. Almost every revision of the land settlement and, indeed, for a holding, almost each change in ownership, was seen by the landlord as an opportunity to increase the rent. The rise in rents reflected, of course, an increased competition for tenancies which, in turn, was driven by two main factors.

Diokno, ‘British Firms and the Economy of Burma, with Special Reference to the Rice and Teak Industries, 1917–1937’, PhD dissertation, University of London, 1983, chapter 4. Clearly frustrated, Diokno argued that it was, in fact, difficult to evaluate the allegations, principally because to do so would require detailed commercial information which only the member firms themselves could have provided, but also because the committee did not include in its report a summary of the evidence it had heard (pp.

Tomlinson, The Political Economy of the Raj 1914–1947: The Economics of Decolonization in India. London: Macmillan, 1979, pp. 64–78. See also U Tun Wai, Burma’s Currency and Credit. Calcutta: Orient Longmans, 1953, pp. 22–23. 6 The prohibition remained in force until 31 December 1932. During those years, Burma’s rice was simply excluded from these markets. A further factor was a strong challenge to Burma’s rice in some regional markets – the Straits Settlements and Federated Malay States but not, apparently, the Netherlands East Indies – from rice imported from Siam and French Indo-China.

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