The making of the periphery : how island Southeast Asia became a mass exporter of labor / Ulbe Bosma.
- New York : Columbia University Press, 
- Columbia studies in international and global history
Columbia studies in international and global history
xii, 304 pages ; 24 cm.
- Foreign workers, Southeast Asian -- History.
Labor market -- Southeast Asia -- History.
Southeast Asia -- Population -- History.
Southeast Asia -- Dependency on foreign countries -- History.
Southeast Asia -- Economic conditions -- 19th century.
Southeast Asia -- Economic conditions -- 20th century.
Economic assistance -- Foreign countries.
Foreign workers, Southeast Asian.
- "Island Southeast Asia was once a thriving region with products that found eager consumers from China to Europe. Today, the Philippines, Indonesia, and Malaysia are primarily exporters of their surplus of cheap labor, with more than ten million emigrants from the region working all over the world. How did a prosperous region become a peripheral one? In The Making of a Periphery, Ulbe Bosma draws on new archival sources from the colonial period to the present to demonstrate how high demographic growth and a long history of bonded labor relegated Southeast Asia to the margins of the global economy. Bosma finds that the region's contact with colonial trading powers during the early nineteenth century led to improved health care and longer life spans as the Spanish and Dutch colonial governments began to vaccinate their subjects against smallpox. The resulting abundance of workers ushered in extensive migration toward emerging labor-intensive plantation and mining belts. European powers exploited existing patron-client labor systems with the intermediation of indigenous elites and non-European agents to develop extractive industries and plantation agriculture. Bosma shows that these trends shaped the postcolonial era as these migration networks expanded far beyond the region"-- Provided by publisher.
- Smallpox vaccination and demographic divergences in the nineteenth century
The external arena : local slavery and international trade
Saved from smallpox, but starving in the sugar cane fields : Java and the northwestern Philippines
The labor-scarce commodity frontiers, 1870s to 1942
The periphery revisited : commodity exports, food, and industry, 1870s-1942
Postcolonial continuities in plantations and migrations.
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
- Other format:
- Online version: Bosma, Ulbe, 1962- Making of the periphery.
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