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 Somebodiesexamines 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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Contents

MAINLY NOBODIES IN A COLONIAL BACKWATER
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Transition to a Plantation Economy
68
Marketing Arrack Among Workers and Peasants
86
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Kumari Jayawardena is currently a Senior Fellow of the Graduate Studies Institute of Colombo University.

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