The essays collected in this volume, first published in 1998, address the profound changes and disruptions wrought in peasant societies as a result of European colonial domination and the spread of the capitalist world economy from its European base. Detailed case study evidence is included in the essays, and all are aimed at delineating broader patterns and addressing general questions and debates regarding peasant responses to the varied impact of colonialism and capitalism.
Table of Contents
Part 1. Peasant Resistance: From Footdragging to Rebellion 1. From Avoidance to Confrontation: Peasant Protest in Precolonial and Colonial Southeast Asia 2. From Footdragging to Flight: The Evasive History of Peasant Avoidance Protest in South and Southeast Asia 3. ‘Moral Economy’ or ‘Contest State’?: Elite Demands and the Origins of Peasant Protest in Southeast Asia 4. Tactics Versus Strategies in Peasant Protest Response 5. Bandits, Monks and Pretender Kings: Patterns of Peasant Resistance and Protest in Colonial Burma, 1826-1941 6. Concepts of Moral Economy and the Study of Commercialization in South Asia 7. South Asian Resistance in Comparative Perspective 8. Peasant Movements and Millenarianism Part 2. Colonialism, Capitalism and Peasant Responses 9. Imperialist Rhetoric and Modern Historiography: The Case of Lower Burma Before and After Conquest 10. The Village and State in Vietnam and Burma: An Open and Shut Case 11. Colonialization, Commercial Agriculture, and the Destruction of the Deltaic Rainforest of British Burma in the Late Nineteenth Century 12. The Ryotwari in Lower Burma: The Establishment and Decline of a Peasant Proprietor System 13. Immigrant Asians and the Economic Impact of European Imperialism: The Role of the South Indian Chettiars in British Burma 14. The Annex of the Raj: The Anglo-Indian Interlude in Burmese History c. 1826-1941 15. Ethnic Pluralism and Conflict on the Frontiers of South Asian Migration 16. Market Demand Versus Imperial Control: Colonial Contradictions and the Origins of Agrarian Protest in South and Southeast Asia