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Type: Journal article
Title: A precocious appetite: Industrial agriculture and the fertiliser revolution in Java's colonial cane fields, c. 1880-1914
Author: Knight, G.
Citation: Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, 2006; 37(1):43-63
Publisher: Singapore Univ Press
Issue Date: 2006
ISSN: 0022-4634
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G. Roger Knight
Abstract: Late colonial sugar cane production in Java was characterised by the heavy use of (chemical) fertiliser in tandem with labour-intensive techniques and industrial work processes in the field. This article provides a useful corrective to an overemphasis on the extractive nature of the colonial economy of sugar and shows the truly industrial nature of plantation production. For students of colonial science and agriculture, the situation has additional ramifications, relating both to the role and ‘diffusion’ of scientific knowledge and to the historical dimensions of agricultural development in ‘the tropics’.
Provenance: Published online by Cambridge University Press 15 Feb 2006
Rights: Copyright © 2006 The National University of Singapore
RMID: 0020060730
DOI: 10.1017/S0022463405000421
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