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Author Garfield, Seth, 1967- author.

Title In search of the Amazon : Brazil, the United States, and the nature of a region / Seth Garfield
Published Durham : Duke University Press, 2013
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Description 1 online resource (xiii, 343 pages) : illustrations, maps
Series American encounters/global interactions
American encounters/global interactions.
Contents Border and progress : the Amazon and the estado novo -- "The quicksands of untrustworthy supply" : U.S. rubber dependency and the lure of the Amazon -- Rubber's "soldiers" : reinventing the Amazonian worker -- The environment of northeastern migration to the Amazon : landscapes, labor, and love -- War in the Amazon : struggles over resources and images -- Epilogue: From wartime soldiers to green guerrillas
Summary Chronicling the dramatic history of the Brazilian Amazon during the Second World War, Seth Garfield provides fresh perspectives on contemporary environmental debates. His multifaceted analysis explains how the Amazon became the object of geopolitical rivalries, state planning, media coverage, popular fascination, and social conflict. In need of rubber, a vital war material, the United States spent millions of dollars to revive the Amazon's rubber trade. In the name of development and national security, Brazilian officials implemented public programs to engineer the hinterland's transformation. Migrants from Brazil's drought-stricken Northeast flocked to the Amazon in search of work. In defense of traditional ways of life, longtime Amazon residents sought to temper outside intervention. Garfield's environmental history offers an integrated analysis of the struggles among distinct social groups over resources and power in the Amazon, as well as the repercussions of those wartime conflicts in the decades to come
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 303-332) and index
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Subject Rubber industry and trade -- Amazon River Region -- History -- 20th century
World War, 1939-1945 -- Economic aspects -- Amazon River Region
1.1 Internationale Wirtschaftsbeziehungen
1.10 USA
1.2 Wirtschaftsgeschichte
1.3 Kautschukmarkt
1.4 Gummiindustrie
1.5 Kriegswirtschaft
1.6 Entwicklung
1.7 Nationale Sicherheit
1.8 Amazonasgebiet
1.9 Brasilien
HISTORY -- General.
International economic relations.
Rubber industry and trade.
SCIENCE / Environmental Science
SCIENCE -- General.
Brazil -- Foreign economic relations -- United States
United States -- Foreign economic relations -- Brazil
Amazon River Region.
Amazonie -- Brésil.
United States.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0822377179