Nobodies to somebodies: the rise of the colonial bourgeoisie in Sri Lanka

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Zed Books, 2000 - Business & Economics - 412 pages
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Nobodies to Somebodies examines the origins and growth of the bourgeoisie in Sri Lanka during British rule--an important but neglected aspect of the country's modern history. It traces the evolution of the bourgeoisie from a 'feudal' society and mercantilist economy, to the age of plantations. This study assigns primacy to class over caste, and gives details about the rise of the new-rich 'Nobodies' of many castes, ethnicities, and religions into the ranks of the 'Somebodies'.

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A fantastic study on the rise of the colonial bourgeoisie in Sri Lanka, this study made clear to me how one can't analyse Sri Lankan history without taking into consideration class, caste, ethnicity ... Read full review

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Contents

MAINLY NOBODIES IN A COLONIAL BACKWATER
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Transition to a Plantation Economy
68
Marketing Arrack Among Workers and Peasants
86
Copyright

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About the author (2000)

Kumari Jayawardena is currently a Senior Fellow of the Graduate Studies Institute of Colombo University.

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