department of history


Patrick A. Peebles

Professor Emeritus
World, Quantitative Methods, South Asia

Phone: 913-262-5740

Curriculum Vitae

Bio Sketch

Patrick Peebles retired from the History Department in 2008 after 34 years at UMKC. He remains professionally active. In 2008-2009 he carried out research in Sri Lanka under a grant from the American Institute for Sri Lankan Studies for a book on the transformation of the colony from a military outpost to a plantation economy in the period 1833-1850. In the Fall of 2009 he will be teaching in the Missouri London Program. He is completing a revision of his reader, Classics of Eastern Thought, and continues to work on his microhistory of the East India Company 1680-1700 as seen through the career of Robert Knox. Much of the rest of his time is spent gardening, traveling and reading.



Classics of Eastern Thought. Revised Edition. 2 vols. Edited by Patrick Peebles and Lynn H. Nelson. Armonk NY: M. E. Sharpe, forthcoming.

History of Sri Lanka. The Greenwood Histories of the Modern Nations. Westport CT: Greenwood Press, 2006.

Plantation Tamils of Ceylon. New Historical Perspectives on Migration. London and New York: University of Leicester Press, 2001.

Social Change in Nineteenth Century Ceylon. New Delhi: Navrang in collaboration with Lake House Bookshop, 1995.