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A Brief Economic History of the Amazon (1720-1970)

Author(s): Francisco de Assis Costa

Book Description

This book covers 250 years of Amazonian economic history in three chapters focusing on fundamental periods. The first section provides a unique discussion of the dynamics of the colonial Amazonian economy (1720-1822), the role of the religious orders and trade companies, and the formation of a caboclo-peasantry. This is followed by an original analysis of the rubber economy (1850-1920), based on classical and unprecedented data and considering the role of both the caboclo-peasants and the big rubber plots in the mercantile chains. The third chapter presents a pioneering analysis of the rural and urban dynamics of the post-rubber boom era which lasted until the 1960s. Considering the interest that the Amazon arouses around the world, the book will appeal to the general public, and will also draw particular attention from economists, anthropologists, geographers, sociologists and ecologists, who, as researchers or policymakers, are confronted with issues of economic and social development and environmental sustainability in underdeveloped countries.


ISBN-13: 978-1-5275-2121-6
ISBN-10: 1-5275-2121-4
Date of Publication: 01/02/2019
Pages / Size: 348 / A5
Price: £68.99


Francisco de Assis Costa is a Full Professor at the Centre for High Amazonian Studies and the Postgraduate Program in Economics of the Federal Univesity of Pará, Brazil. He holds an MSc degree from the Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro and a PhD in Economics from the Freie Universität Berlin. A researcher at the Brazilian National Council for Scientific and Technological Development, he has published 80 scientific articles and 74 book chapters, and is the author of 15 books. He has previously served as Visiting Fellow at the Center for Brazilian Studies at the University of Oxford and Director of the Regional, Urban and Environmental Studies Directorate of the Institute of Applied Economic Research, Brazil. His research focuses on Amazonian economic history, contemporary agrarian economies, regional development and relations between economics and environmental sustainability, with a particular interest in highlighting the role of technological and institutional innovations in the Amazon.