The History of Sri Lanka

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2006 - History - 216 pages
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Sri Lanka—an island nation located in the Indian Ocean— has a population of approximately 19 million. Despite its diminuative size, however, Sri Lanka has a long and complex history. The diversity of its people has led to ethnic, religious, and political conflicts that continue to exist. Peebles describes the experiences of the country, from its earliest settlers, to civil war, to its current state, allowing readers to better understand this often misunderstood country.

With an emphasis on the 20th century, chapters discuss the economy, religion, culture, and government of Sri Lanka. A timeline outlines key events in Sri Lankan history, as well as biographies of notable people, and a bibliographic essay.

  

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Contents

1 The Settings
1
Physical Map of Sri Lanka
4
2 Ancient Civilization to 1200
13
Ancient Sri Lanka
16
3 Abandonment of the Dry Zone and the Kandyan Kingdom
27
4 Portuguese Dutch and British Colonialism
41
Colonial Sri Lanka
54
5 A Colonial Society
55
9 Triumph of Sinhalese Nationalism
109
10 Authoritarianism and Ethnic Conflict
123
11 Economic Liberalization and the Quality of Life
137
Modern Sri Lanka
141
12 Civil War
151
13 Searching for Peace
165
Notable People in the History of Sri Lanka
181
Sri Lankan Sovereigns Dutch and British Governors Prime Ministers and Presidents
189

6 A Plantation Economy
69
7 Sinhalese and Tamil Nationalism
83
8 The Coming of Independence
95
Provinces and Districts
107

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About the author (2006)

PATRICK PEEBLES is Professor of History at the University of Missouri, Kansas City.

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