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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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Kumari Jayawardena is currently a Senior Fellow of the Graduate Studies Institute of Colombo University.
"A superb scholarly and revealing account of the social and economic transformation of Sri Lanka during the British colonial period - a pathbreaking study destined to be an invaluable resources and guide for all those interested in the dynamics of social change in colonial society." --Emeritus Professor Laksiri Jayasuriya, Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences of Australia.
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Book Description Zed Books, 2002. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1842772287