Working Papers

ISSN 1756-0098
Series Editor: Dr Jonathan Curry-Machado

The Commodities of Empire Working Papers series provides a space in which both members of the Commodities of Empire project, and others whose research is related to the aims of this project, can publish their findings in a form that enables rapid dissemination in the public domain. We hope that this will help stimulate lively debate and discussion which will significantly contribute to the development of the project’s research.

We invite submission of proposals for Working Papers from scholars working on any aspect of commodity history – particularly where they frame their research within the context of the overall aims of the Commodities of Empire Project. For any enquiries relating to the Working Papers, please contact the series editor, Dr Jonathan Curry-Machado (

Working Paper No.38

Oscar Broughton, ‘Knowledge, Nation and Capital: The Development of Brazilian Beef in the Twentieth Century’

Working Paper No.37

Derek Byerlee, ‘A Global North-South Mediterranean Exchange, 1891-1990: Pastures for Dryland Farming Systems’

Working Paper No.36
Ulbe Bosma & Kathinka Sinha-Kerkhoff, ‘Small is Beautiful? The Global Dimensions of Small-scale Industries in Colonial Bihar (1900-1950)’

Working Paper No.35
Wim de Winter, ‘Silently Smuggled and Invisibly Dyed: The Trans-Pacific Smuggling of Semi-processed Asian Textiles and Peruvian bullion in the Spanish Colonies and at Sea, 1547-1800’

Working Paper No.34
Mattia Steardo, ‘Commercial Capitalism on the Banks of the Río de la Plata: The Meat Industry Between Empire & Independence (1780s-1850s)’

Working Paper No.33
Steven Ivings, ‘Fostering a Trade in Japan’s Northeast: The West Pacific Company at Hakodate in the 1860s’

Working Paper No.32
Stan Pannier & Wim de Winter, ‘Southern Netherlandish Prize Papers: French and British Colonial Commodities at Sea during the 18th Century’

Working Paper No.31
Jim Tomlinson, ‘Supplying Juteopolis: Dundee and Bengal Jute, c.1850-1914’

Working Paper No.30
Geoffrey K. Pakiam, ‘Waterlands: Coconut smallholders, commodity frontiers and environmental transformation on the Malay Peninsula, c.1862-1972’

Working Paper No.29
Rafael Chambouleyron & Karl-Heinz Arenz, ‘Frontier of Expansion, Frontier of Settlement: Cacao exploitation and the Portuguese colonisation of the Amazon region (17th & 18th Centuries)’

Working Paper No.28
Samuël Coghe, ‘Extending the Pastoral Frontier: The Introduction of Cattle Farming in French Equatorial Africa during Late Colonialism’

Working Paper No.27
Derek Byerlee, ‘The Role of Crop Science in Opening Commodity Frontiers’

Working Paper No.26
Zehra Taşdemir Yaşın, ‘Through the Story of a Road and a Pipeline: The Formation of Commodity Frontiers and Modern States’

Working Paper No.25
Jonathan E. Robins, ‘Food and Drink: Palm Oil versus Palm Wine in Colonial Ghana’

Working Paper No.24
Helen Cowie, ‘From the Andes to the Outback: Acclimatising Alpacas in the British Empire’

Working Paper No.23
Marc W Herold, ‘Nineteenth-Century Bahia’s Passion for British Salted Cod: From the Seas of Newfoundland to the Portuguese Shops of Salvador’s Cidade Baixa, 1822-1914’

Working Paper No.22
G. Roger Knight, ‘A Scots Émigré, Imperial Systems and Global Commodities: Gillian Maclaine and his Mercantile Network, 1816–1840’

Working Paper No.21
Marc W Herold, ‘The Black Diamonds of Bahia (Carbonados) and the Building of Euro-America: A Half-century Supply Monopoly (1880s-1930s)’ (2013)

Working Paper No.20
Jean Stubbs, ‘El Habano: The Global Luxury Smoke’ (2012)

Working Paper No.19 
Bruce Mouser, Edwin Nuijten, Florent Okry and Paul Richards, ‘Commodity and Anti-commodity: Linked Histories of Slavery, Emancipation and Red and White Rice at Sierra Leone’ (2012)

Working Paper No.18 
Patrick Neveling, ‘A periodisation of globalisation according to the Mauritian integration into the international sugar commodity chain (1825-2005)’ (2012)

Working Paper No.17
Teresita A. Levy, ‘Tobacco growers and resistance to American Domination in Puerto Rico, 1899-1940’ (2010)

Working Paper No.16
Jonathan Curry-Machado, ‘In cane’s shadow: the impact of commodity plantations on local subsistence agriculture on Cuba’s mid-nineteenth century sugar frontier’ (2010)

Working Paper No.15
Steve Cushion, ‘Cuban Popular Resistance to the 1953 London Sugar Agreement’ (2010)

Working Paper No.14
William G. Clarence-Smith ‘The Battle for Rubber in the Second World War: Cooperation and Resistance’ (2009)

Working Paper No.13
Alan Pryor ‘Indian Pale Ale: an Icon of Empire’ (2009)

Working Paper No.12
Jelmer Vos ‘Of stocks and barter: John Holt and the Kongo rubber trade, 1906-1910’ (2009)

Working Paper No.11
Jonathan Robins ‘The Black Man’s Crop’: Cotton, Imperialism and Public-Private Development in Britain’s African Colonies, 1900-1918’ (2009)

Working Paper No.10
Kaori O’Connor ‘Beyond ‘Exotic Groceries’: Tapioca-Cassava, a Hidden Commodity of Empire’ (2009)

Working Paper No.9
Vibha Arora, ‘Routing the Commodities of the Empire through Sikkim (1817-1906)’ (2008)

Working Paper No.8
David Hyde, ‘Global Coffee and Decolonisation in Kenya: overproduction, quotas, and rural restructuring’ (2008)

Working Paper No.7
Deana Heath, ‘Obscenity, Empire and Global Networks’ (2008)

Working Paper No.6
Roberto Davini, ‘A Global Commodity within a Rising Empire: The History of Bengali Raw Silk as Connective Interplay between the Company Bahadur, the Bengali Local Economy and Society, and the Universal Italian Model, c.1750 – c.1830’ (2008)

Working Paper No.5
Ayodeji Olukoju, ‘The United Kingdom and the Political Economy of the Global Oil-Producing Nuts and Seeds during the 1930s’ (2008)

Working Paper No.4
Miguel Suárez Bosa, ‘The role of the Canary Islands in the Atlantic coal route from the end of the nineteenth century to the beginning of the twentieth century: corporate strategies’ (2008)

Working Paper No.3
Jean Stubbs, ‘Reinventing Mecca: Tobacco in the Dominican Republic, 1763-2007’ (2007)

Working Paper No.2
Jonathan Curry-Machado, ‘Sub-imperial globalisation and the phoenix of empire: sugar, engineering and commerce in nineteenth-century Cuba’ (2007)

Working Paper No.1
Sandip Hazareesingh, ‘Chasing commodities over the surface of the globe’ (2007)