Global Histories, Imperial Commodities, Local Interactions

J.M. Curry Machado (Editor)

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The history of the modern world can be described through the history of the commodities that were produced, traded and consumed, on an increasingly global scale. The papers presented in this book show how in this process borders were transgressed, local agents combined with metropolitan representatives, power relations were contested and frontiers expanded. Including cases from Asia, Africa and the Americas, as well as a number of global commodities (sugar, tobacco, rubber, cotton, cassava, tea and beer), this collection presents a sample of the range of innovative research taking place today into commodity history. Together they cover the last two centuries, in which commodities have led the consolidation of a globalised economy and society – forging this out of distinctive local experiences of cultivation and production, and regional circuits of trade.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationBasingstoke
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages304
ISBN (Print)9781137283597
Publication statusPublished - 2013

Publication series

NameCambridge imperial and post-colonial studies series
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan


  • international trade
  • history
  • commodity markets
  • commodities

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    Curry Machado, J. M. (Ed.) (2013). Global Histories, Imperial Commodities, Local Interactions. (Cambridge imperial and post-colonial studies series). Palgrave Macmillan.