Nobodies to somebodies: the rise of the colonial bourgeoisie in Sri Lanka
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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MAINLY NOBODIES IN A COLONIAL BACKWATER
Transition to a Plantation Economy
Marketing Arrack Among Workers and Peasants
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19th century accumulation acres activities areas arrack farms arrack rents arrack trade Bastian became bourgeoisie British rule Buddhist Burghers capital capitalists caste Central Province Ceylon Ceylon National Congress Charles de Soysa Chettiars Christian cinnamon coconut coffee Colombo Colombo Chetties colonial Coomaraswamy daughter distillers Dutch early economic English estates ethnic export Fernando feudal Government Agent Governor goyigama graphite graphite mines Hindu ibid illicit important included India industry interests investment island Jaffna James Peiris Jayawardena Jeronis Pieris Jeronis Soysa Kalutara Kandy karava Korale labour land Legislative Council Lindamullage liquor trade Maha Mudaliyar marriage married Mendis merchant missionaries Moratuwa Mudaliyar Muslim Negombo new-rich Obeyesekere officials owners Panadura Perera period plantation sector planters political produce profits Ramanathan reforms renters retail rubber S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike salagama schools Senanayake Silva Sinhala Sinhalese SLNA social society Sri Lanka Tamil tavern Vidanalage wealth Western Province women workers