The Global Coffee Economy in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, 1500–1989

The Global Coffee Economy in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, 1500–1989

Emphasizing the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, this volume brings together scholars from nine countries who study coffee markets and societies over the last five centuries in fourteen countries, on four continents, and across the Indian and Pacific Oceans. The chapters analyze the creation and function of commodity, labor, and financial markets; the role of race, ethnicity, gender, and class in the formation of coffee societies; the interaction between technology and ecology; and the impact of colonial powers, nationalist regimes, and the forces of the world economy in the forging of economic development and political democracy.


" important overview of the social and political history of one global commodity." -International Journal of African Historical Studies

"The editors of this excellent collection bring together contributions from different groups of scholars in such a way that the groups speak meaningfully to each other and offer a clear basis for making general inferences, both about coffee as a commodity and about the global economy." -The Journal of Interdisciplinary History

"This is a rich volume that cannot be ignored by anyone interested in exploring the historical significance of coffee and how this one commodity influenced the lives of people from as far afield as Sao Paulo and Rwanda." -Alberto E. Nickerson, World History Bulletin