By K M de Silva

Sri Lanka is an historic civilization, formed and thrust into the trendy globalizing global via its colonial adventure. With its personal particular difficulties, lots of them historic legacies, it's a country attempting to retain a democratic, pluralistic country constitution whereas suffering to come back to phrases with separatist aspirations. it is a complicated tale, and there's maybe no greater individual to give it in reasoned, scholarly phrases than K.M. de Silva, Sri Lanka’s so much unusual and prolific historian.

A background of Sri Lanka, first released in 1981, has verified itself because the typical paintings at the topic. This absolutely revised variation, in mild of the newest examine, brings the tale correct as much as the early years of the twenty-first century. The ebook offers accomplished insurance of all points of Sri Lanka’s development—from a classical Buddhist society and irrigation financial system, to its emergence as a tropical colony generating a few of the world’s most crucial money vegetation, comparable to cinnamon, tea, rubber and coconut, and at last as an Asian democracy. it's a examine of the political vicissitudes of Sri Lanka’s old civilization and the successive levels of Portuguese, Dutch and British colonial rule. the unlucky results 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 booklet is a useful reference resource for college kids 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 think of the wealthy and sundry texture of Sri Lanka’s lengthy history.

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