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By K M de Silva

Sri Lanka is an historic civilization, formed and thrust into the fashionable globalizing international via its colonial adventure. With its personal exact difficulties, a lot of them historic legacies, it's a state attempting to preserve a democratic, pluralistic country constitution whereas suffering to come back to phrases with separatist aspirations. this can be a complicated tale, and there's probably no greater individual to give it in reasoned, scholarly phrases than K.M. de Silva, Sri Lanka’s so much distinct and prolific historian.

A historical past of Sri Lanka, first released in 1981, has validated itself because the regular paintings at the topic. This totally revised version, in gentle of the latest learn, brings the tale correct as much as the early years of the twenty-first century. The ebook offers entire insurance of all facets of Sri Lanka’s development—from a classical Buddhist society and irrigation financial system, to its emergence as a tropical colony generating a number of the world’s most crucial funds vegetation, akin to cinnamon, tea, rubber and coconut, and at last as an Asian democracy. it's a learn of the political vicissitudes of Sri Lanka’s historical civilization and the successive levels of Portuguese, Dutch and British colonial rule. the unlucky outcomes of changing into a centre of ethnic stress and Sri Lanka’s long-standing dating with India also are discussed.
Exhaustively researched and analytical, this ebook is a useful reference resource for college students of historical, colonial and post-colonial societies, ethnic clash and democratic transitions, in addition to for all those that easily are looking to get a believe of the wealthy and sundry texture of Sri Lanka’s lengthy history.

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