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The Sinhalese Contribution to Estate Labour in Ceylon, 1881-1891

Wenzlhuemer, Roland

In: Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient , 48 (2007), Nr. 3. pp. 442-458

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It has become a firmly established belief among economic and labour historians that Sri Lanka’s plantation industry rested almost exclusively on imported Tamil labour during the 19th century. Although strong evidence countering this “dualistic” viewpoint has been produced since the late 1970s—especially by Éric Meyer—, the contribution of the local Sinhalese peasantry to estate wage labour remains underestimated or, indeed, largely ignored. This article strives to support Meyer’s point by bringing together old and new evidence illustrating the at times substantial Sinhalese participation in plantation wage labour.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient
Volume: 48
Number: 3
Date Deposited: 21 Oct 2015 13:58
Date: 2007
Page Range: pp. 442-458
Faculties / Institutes: Philosophische Fakultät > Historisches Seminar
Subjects: 950 General history of Asia Far East
Controlled Keywords: Sri Lanka, Arbeitsmigration, Geschichte
Uncontrolled Keywords: Sri Lanka, Labour History, Sinhalese Labour, Migrant Labour, Plantation Wage Labour
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