A History of Sri Lanka

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Penguin Books India, 2005 - Sri Lanka - 782 pages
The History Of Sri Lanka From The Earliest Times To The Present

Sri Lanka Is An Ancient Civilization, Shaped And Thrust Into The Modern Globalizing World By Its Colonial Experience. With Its Own Unique Problems, Many Of Them Historical Legacies, It Is A Nation Trying To Maintain A Democratic, Pluralistic State Structure While Struggling To Come To Terms With Separatist Aspirations. This Is A Complex Story, And There Is Perhaps No Better Person To Present It In Reasoned, Scholarly Terms Than K.M. De Silva, Sri Lanka S Most Distinguished And Prolific Historian.

A History Of Sri Lanka, First Published In 1981, Has Established Itself As The Standard Work On The Subject. This Fully Revised Edition, In Light Of The Most Recent Research, Brings The Story Right Up To The Early Years Of The Twenty-First Century. The Book Provides Comprehensive Coverage Of All Aspects Of Sri Lanka S Development From A Classical Buddhist Society And Irrigation Economy, To Its Emergence As A Tropical Colony Producing Some Of The World S Most Important Cash Crops, Such As Cinnamon, Tea, Rubber And Coconut, And Finally As An Asian Democracy. It Is A Study Of The Political Vicissitudes Of Sri Lanka S Ancient Civilization And The Successive Phases Of Portuguese, Dutch And British Colonial Rule. The Unfortunate Consequences Of Becoming A Centre Of Ethnic Tension And Sri Lanka S Long-Standing Relationship With India Are Also Discussed.

Exhaustively Researched And Analytical, This Book Is An Invaluable Reference Source For Students Of Ancient, Colonial And Post-Colonial Societies, Ethnic Conflict And Democratic Transitions, As Well As For All Those Who Simply Want To Get A Feel Of The Rich And Varied Texture Of Sri Lanka S Long History.
 

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Contents

THE ANURADHAPURA KINGDOM
13
An Irrigation Civilization
32
The Political Economy
43
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87
From c 1250 to the End of
109
8
127
THE CRISIS OF THE SIXTEENTH CENTURY
142
A PLANTATION ECONOMY 18501910
360
PEASANT AGRICULTURE 18501910
378
EDUCATION AND SOCIAL CHANGE IN THE LATE
413
RELIGION AND THE RISE OF NATIONALISM C
427
POLITICS AND CONSTITUTIONAL REFORM
447
POLITICAL CHANGE IN THE EARLY TWENTIETH
464
ELITE CONFLICT AND THE CEYLON NATIONAL
483
SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC CHANGE IN THE EARLY
498

PORTUGUESE RULE IN THE MARITIME
163
THE KANDYAN KINGDOM AT BAY 165887
184
THE STRUGGLE FOR MASTERY OVER
196
TRADE AND AGRICULTURE UNDER THE VOC
217
The Last Phase 176796
237
THE IMPACT OF DUTCH RULE
249
RELIGION LITERATURE AND THE ARTS
265
THE ENGLISH EAST INDIA COMPANY
275
THE FALL OF THE KANDYAN KINGDOM
287
ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL CHANGE IN THE EARLY
307
Crown COLONY GOVERNMENT 180232
325
AN ERA OF REFORM AND RECONSTRUCTION
338
THE DONOUGHMORE COMMISSION AND
516
TO DOMINION STATUS 194247
554
SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC CHANGE IN
570
The Nineteenth
590
LINGUISTIC NATIONALISM
626
197794
681
AND AFTER
703
NOTES
709
A CHRONOLOGICAL LIST
738
BIBLIOGRAPHY
746
FURTHER READING
759
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