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Rubber and the Making of Vietnam: An Ecological History, 1897-1975

Michitake Aso


How can a single tree species affect human projects on the scale of empires and nations? Rubber and the Making of Vietnam explores this question for the rubber tree in Vietnamese history. Dating back to the nineteenth-century transplantation of a latex-producing tree from the Amazon to Southeast Asia, rubber production has wrought monumental changes worldwide. During a turbulent Vietnamese past, rubber has transcended capitalism and socialism, colonization and decolonization, becoming a key commodity around which life and history have flowed. Synthesizing archival material in English, French, ... More

Keywords: agricultural landscape, ecological perspective, environmental health, French Indochina, knowledge production, labor movement, malaria, mosquito, rubber plantation, Vietnam War

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781469637150
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469637150.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michitake Aso, author
University at Albany, SUNY