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This front matter section of the book The Adaptable Peasant: Agrarian Society in Western Sri Lanka under Dutch Rule, 1740-1800 contains a series editor?s foreword, table of contents, acknowledgements, notes to the reader, glossary, and maps. The book analyses how in early colonial times, the peasant society of Sri Lanka underwent fundamental changes in the land tenure system as it faced the arrival of the Dutch East India Company administration's merchant capitalism.

Keywords: Agrarian society; Dutch Rule; merchant capitalism



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