The Adaptable Peasant: Agrarian Society in Western Sri Lanka Under Dutch Rule, 1740-1800

Front Cover
Brill, 2008 - Social Science - 294 pages
0 Reviews
This study investigates the structural changes in western Sri Lanka's agrarian society under the administration of the Dutch United East India Company (VOC). In the areas where peasant agriculture was the predominant form of production, changes in the land tenure system paved the way for a modern system of private property relations. A new class differentiation emerged and the indigenous chiefs turned into powerful landowners. In addition to this, new light is shed on the dynamics of caste formation as a result of the early colonial encounter.

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Other editions - View all

About the author (2008)

N. R. Dewasiri (1965), Ph.D. (2007) in History, Leiden University, is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Colombo. His main interests are peasant history in pre-colonial and colonial Sri Lanka and ethnic ideologies in late and post-colonial Sri Lanka.

Bibliographic information