The Economic Development of South-East Asia: Studies in Economic History and Political Economy

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C. D. Cowan
Routledge, Jan 24, 2012 - Business & Economics - 192 pages

First published in 1964, The Economic Development of South-East Asia: Studies in economic history and political economy contains eight papers originally written for a study group at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. The papers, edited by Professor C. D. Cowan, are written against a background of economic underdevelopment in large parts of Asia.

Economic problems increasingly plagued the governments of Asia after the Second World War, and while Western governments were willing to help foster economic development, relations with Asian governments were somewhat hindered by the heritage of their colonial past. Problems also related to the growth of traditional trading ports and export crops, and to the importation of colonial regimes, western funds and skills in the nineteenth century. Such developments come under the loosely generalised concept of imperialism, with its strongly emotional overtones, whose use impedes the objective assessment and analysis of facts. While we understand a good deal about conditions of economic growth in the West, much of what has fostered or retarded growth in other parts of the world remains less clear.

 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
9
An Outline of the Main Factors Affecting their Business up to 1914
20
2 British Shipping Companies and East and SouthEast Asia 18601939
27
3 Some Comments on Population Growth in SouthEast Asia with Special Reference to the Period since 1830
48
MAPS
49
4 Indonesian Export and Production from the Decline of the Culture System to the First World War
72
5 Thailands Rice Trade and the Allocation of Resources
102
6 Western Enterprise and the Development of the Malayan Tin Industry to 1914
127
7 Chinese Estate Workers Strikes in Malaya in March 1937
154
and the Future Growth of the Malay and Chinese Communities
174
INDEX
186
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