The_Amazon_Rubber_Boom_1850-1920

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462 REVIEWS economic and fiscal policies. He might also have mentioned coffee valorization. Incorporating within the world economy was not costless but, as the experience of the north-east indicates,it was preferable to marginalization. Prof. Leff's wide-ranging study will no doubt be criticized. Many scholars would be more cautious than Leff in the clever constructions placed upon their results. The relationship between Volumes I and II is somewhat idiosyncratic. But the strength of the workis to be found in the synthesis and schooling of a truly vast range of writing: these books make accessible to a large readership excellent material which is not available in translation. In contrasting the performance of Brazil with that of the industrial economies of Western Europe, Japan, the United States, andareas of recent settlement,and relating the Latin American situation to the Asian, the author has ensured that his writing will command the attention of economists and historians beyond those who are concerned exclusively with Brazil. London School of Economics and Institute of Latin American Studies, London COLIN M. LEWIS BARBARA WEINSTEIN. The Amazon Rubber Boom, i850-I920. (Stanford: Stanford University Press. i983. PP. xi + 356. $29.50.) Before the I930S the Brazilian economy consisted of little more than a series of loosely connected regions, eachof whichtraded with the remainder of the world. In only one of these regions, that comprising Sao Paulo, Minas Gerais, and Western Parana, did foodstuffs productionand the growth of manufacturing accompany the surge in international demand for coffee. Dr Weinstein's well-written andimpressively resear- ched study of the Amazonian economy argues that the spectacular boom in rubber production which began in the I86os and crashed in I9Io failed to transform the local economy. She affirms that this occurred because an economic system evolved in which control over production lay in the hands of the direct producer, while surplus was
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