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By Ian Brown
The publication demanding situations the orthodox argument that rural populations which deserted self-sufficiency to develop into unmarried commodity manufacturers, and have been supposedly very susceptible to the commodity expense cave in of the Nineteen Thirties melancholy, didn't undergo up to has been intended. It indicates how the results of the melancholy have been advanced, various among areas, among other forms of financial actors, and through the years, and exhibits how the 'victims' of the melancholy weren't passive, operating imaginatively to mitigate their conditions.
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Rangoon: Burma Book Club, 1931, p. 49. Calculated from Cheng Siok-Hwa, The Rice Industry of Burma, 1852–1940. Kuala Lumpur: University of Malaya Press, 1968, p. 270. 7 He therefore proposed legislation that would make the sale of land by a Burmese agriculturist conditional on the issue of an ‘instrument of transfer’ signed by a revenue ofﬁcer. It would prohibit the sale of such land in execution of a civil court judgment – as, for example, when a moneylender went to court to foreclose on a defaulting cultivator.
From the ﬁnal decades of the nineteenth century through to the depression, he argued, land in the expanding rice delta had been constantly passed backwards and forwards between the moneylender and a succession of transitory cultivators. In a repeating cycle, a cultivator borrowed from the moneylender on the security of his land but within a few seasons defaulted; the moneylender then took possession of the land but rapidly sold it to a new cultivator; that cultivator borrowed on the security of the land – and thus the cycle began again.
The Chettiars pressed the provincial government for improvement but the latter refused, arguing that effective registration of land titles would make it possible for outsiders – non-agriculturists – to secure village land. And in good part because of the difﬁculties with the AngloIndian legal machinery, the Chettiars explained, they preferred to conduct their business in South East Asia rather than in Tamilnad. Christopher John Baker, An Indian Rural Economy 1880–1955: The Tamilnad Countryside.
A Colonial Economy in Crisis: Burma's Rice Delta and the World Depression of the 1930s (Routledgecurzon Studies in the Modern History of Asia) by Ian Brown