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The Burma Delta
Economic Development and Social Change on an Asian Rice Frontier, 1852–1941
Michael Adas
With a new preface

New Perspectives in Southeast Asian Studies

Winner of the Genevieve Gorst Herfurth Award for Outstanding Research in the Social Sciences

"A rare combination of insight, sympathy, and intellectual rigor. . . . An outstandingly valuable contribution to Southeast Asian studies."

—Charles A. Fisher, American Political Science Review

In the decades following its annexation to the Indian Empire in 1852, Lower Burma (the Irrawaddy-Sittang delta region) was transformed from an underdeveloped and sparsely populated backwater of the Konbaung Empire into the world’s largest exporter of rice. This seminal and far-reaching work focuses on two major aspects of that transformation: the growth of the agrarian sector of the rice industry of Lower Burma and the history of the plural society that evolved largely in response to rapid economic expansion.

“Adas has made a major contribution to the study of economic history and development of Burma and demonstrated most impressively what can be achieved by imaginative and careful scholarship to our understanding of colonial regimes in Southeast Asia.” —Albert D. Moscotti, Journal of Asian and African Studies

Michael Adas is the Abraham E. Voorhees Professor of History at Rutgers University. He is author of Machines as the Measure of Men: Science, Technology, and Ideologies of Western Dominance and Dominance by Design: Technological Imperatives and America’s Civilizing Mission.

New Perspectives in Southeast Asian Studies
Alfred W. McCoy, R. Anderson Sutton, Thongchai Winichakul, and Kenneth M. George, Series Editors

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The Burma Delta

First paperback edition published April 2011
LC: 2010054359 HC
276 pp.   6 1/2 x 9 1/2   4 maps

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• Replaces 1974 hardcover, UWP, ISBN 978-0-299-06490-7





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