Weathering the Storm: The Economies of Southeast Asia in the 1930s Depression

Weathering the Storm: The Economies of Southeast Asia in the 1930s Depression
Date of publication:  2001
Publisher:  ISEAS / KITLV
Number of pages:  332
Code:  BM211


"This is a most welcome and much overdue book, at once both solid and stimulating" (Review of Indonesian and Malaysian Affairs [RIMA]).

About the publication

The principal cause of the 1930s depression in Southeast Asia lay outside the region through a sharp contraction in demand for the regions major commodity exports. But it had important internal causes too: an oversupply of primary commodities and an increasing scarcity of new agricultural land leading to higher rents and lower wages, rising indebtedness and increasing landlessness. This work thoroughly analyses the pre-war depression. It also looks at the changes in the basic structures of the economies of Southeast Asia that were of long-term importance, such as the role of the state in the economy. The authors also draw similarities and contrasts between the 1930s depression and the 1990s Asian crisis.

Co-publication: ISEAS / KITLV

institute of Southeast Asian Studies / KITLV Press


  • Preliminary pages
    [Whole Publication, ISBN: 9789812305077]
  • 1. The Economies of Southeast Asia in the 1930s Depression: An Introduction, by Peter Boomgaard, Ian Brown, authors
  • 2. Surviving the Slump: Developments in Real Income During the Depression of the 1930s in Indonesia, Particularly Java, by Daniel F Doeppers, Peter Boomgaard, authors
  • 3. The Philippines in the Great Depression: A Geography of Pain, by Willem Wolters, Daniel F Doeppers, authors
  • 4. Uneven Impact and Regional Responses: The Philippines in the 1930s Depression, by Ian Brown, Willem Wolters, authors
  • 5. Material Conditions in Rural Lower Burma During the Economic Crisis of the Early 1930s: What the Cotton Textile Import Figures Reveal, by J Thomas Lindblad, Ian Brown, authors
  • 6. Structural Origins of the Economic Depression in Indonesia During the 1930s, by Jeroen Touwen, J Thomas Lindblad, authors
  • 7. Entrepreneurial Strategies in Indigenous Export Agriculture in the Outer Islands of Colonial Indonesia, 1925-38, by S Nawiyanto, Jeroen Touwen, authors
  • 8. The Economy of Besuki in the 1930s Depression, by Sompop Manarungsan, S Nawiyanto, authors
  • 9. The Rice Economy of Thailand in the 1930s Depression, by Irene Norlund, Sompop Manarungsan, authors
  • 10. Rice and the Colonial Lobby: The Economic Crisis in French Indo-China in the 1920s and 1930s, by Irene Norlund, author
  • 11. Hadhrami Arab Entrepreneurs in Indonesia and Malaysia: Facing the Challenge of the 1930s Recession, by Pierre Brocheux, William Gervase Clarence-Smith, authors
  • 12. The State and the 1930s Depression in French Indo-China, by Paul H Kratoska, Pierre Brocheux, authors
  • 13. Imperial Unity Versus Local Autonomy: British Malaya and the Depression of the 1930s, by Anne Booth, Paul H Kratoska, authors
  • 14. Crisis and Response: A Study of Foreign Trade and Exchange Rate Policies in Three Southeast Asian Colonies in the 1930s, by Anne Booth, author
  • Index

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