Date of Award




Degree Name

Master of Arts in Geography



Chief Instructor

James M. Blaut


tobacco, farming, farmers, Ceylon, Sri Lanka, economics, agriculture, Jaffna Peninsula


This thesis is concerned with an effort to apply the micro-geographic and historical approaches to the study of the changes that have occurred in the system of agriculture in the Jaffna Peninsula, in Ceylon, over a period of four to five centuries. An attempt will also be made to describe the farming operations as they are found today. Further, the factors that seem to preclude the farmers from adopting certain innovations in the system of agriculture, even though changes in the demand for tobacco necessitate some changes in the system, will be indicated.


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