From Coffee to Tea Cultivation in Ceylon, 1880-1900: An Economic and Social History

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BRILL, 23 janv. 2008 - 360 pages
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In the early 1880s a disastrous plant disease diminished the yields of the hitherto flourishing coffee plantation of Ceylon. Coincidentally, world market conditions for coffee were becoming increasingly unfavourable. The combination of these factors brought a swift end to coffee cultivation in the British crown colony and pushed the island into a severe economic crisis. When Ceylon re-emerged from this crisis only a decade later, its economy had been thoroughly transformed and now rested on the large-scale cultivation of tea. This book uses the unprecedented intensity and swiftness of this process to highlight the socioeconomic interconnections and dependencies in tropical export economies in the late nineteenth century and it shows how dramatically Ceylonese society was affected by the economic transformation.
 

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Chapter One Introduction
1
Chapter Two Geography
11
Chapter Three History
19
Chapter Four Demography
33
Chapter Five Export Economy
53
Chapter Six Resources
103
Chapter Seven Subsistence
135
Chapter Eight Administration
165
Chapter Nine Education
201
Chapter Ten New Elites
221
Chapter Eleven Immigrants
243
Chapter Twelve Revivals
271
Chapter Thirteen Conclusion
297
Bibliography
319
Index
327
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