A History of Sri Lanka
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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THE ANURADHAPURA KINGDOM II
Indian Summer of Sinhalese Power
POLITYZ From c 1250 to the End of
THE KANDYAN KINGDOM AT BAY 165887
TRADE AND AGRICULTURE UNDER THE VOC
THE VOC IN SRI LANKAZ
RELIGION LITERATURE AND THE ARTS
POLITICAL CHANGE IN THE EARLY TWENTIETH
ELITE CONFLICT AND THE CEYLON NATIONAL
SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC CHANGE IN THE EARLY
TO DOMINION STATUS 194247
SRI LANKA SINCE INDEPENDENCE
EPILOGUEI1994 AND AFTER
THE FALL OF THE KANDYAN KINGDOM
ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL CHANGE IN THE EARLY
The Triumph of Conservatism
EDUCATION AND SOCIAL CHANGE IN THE LATE
RELIGION AND THE RISE OF NATIONALISM C
POLITICS AND CONSTITUTIONAL REFORM
A CHRONOLOGICAL LIST
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