A History of Sri Lanka

A History of Sri Lanka
A Book

by K. M. De Silva,K. M.

  • Publisher : Penguin Books India
  • Release : 2005
  • Pages : 782
  • ISBN : 9789558095928
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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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.

Restitching Identities in Rural Sri Lanka

Restitching Identities in Rural Sri Lanka
Gender, Neoliberalism, and the Politics of Contentment

by Sandya Hewamanne

  • Publisher : University of Pennsylvania Press
  • Release : 2020-09-28
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN : 0812252403
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Sandya Hewamanne's Stitching Identities in a Free Trade Zone analyzed how female factory workers in Sri Lanka's free trade zones challenged conventional notions about marginalized women at the bottom of the global economy. In Restitching Identities in Rural Sri Lanka Hewamanne now follows many of these same women to explore the ways in which they negotiate their social and economic lives once back in their home villages. Drawing on ethnographic fieldwork conducted over fifteen years, the book explores how the former free-trade-zone workers manipulate varied forms of capital—social, cultural, and monetary— to become local entrepreneurs and community leaders, while simultaneously initiating gradual changes in rural social hierarchies and gender norms. Free trade zones introduce Sri Lankan women to neoliberal ways of fashioning selves, Hewamanne contends. Her book illustrates how varied manifestations of neoliberal attitudes within local contexts result in new articulations of what it is to be an entrepreneur as well as a good woman. By focusing on how former workers decenter neoliberal market relations while using their entrepreneurial and civic activities to reimagine social life in ways more satisfying to them and their loved ones—what the author calls a politics of contentment—the book sheds light on new political possibilities in contexts where both reproduction of neoliberal economic relations and implementation of alternatives co-exist.

Encyclopedia of Sri Lanka

Encyclopedia of Sri Lanka
A Book

by Charles A. Gunawardena

  • Publisher : Sterling Publishers Pvt. Ltd
  • Release : 2005
  • Pages : 399
  • ISBN : 9781932705485
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Over 1,100 alphabetically arranged entries examine the history, geography, people, government, economy, art, and religions of Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka in the Modern Age

Sri Lanka in the Modern Age
A History

by Nira Wickramasinghe

  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release : 2015-03
  • Pages : 416
  • ISBN : 0190225793
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Sri Lanka in the Modern Age recounts the modern history of the island in an accessible yet unconventional manner. Where other histories have tended to focus on the state's failure to accommodate the needs and demands of minority communities, Wickramasinghe places their claims alongside the political, social and economic demands of other communities, parties, associations and groups, tracing their lineages to the colonial period. This updated second edition carries the book into the present, covering the brutal end of Sri Lanka's civil war and the making of oppressive stability that has grown in its wake. Drawing on recent work as well as on her own research in the field, Wickramasinghe has written above all a history of the people of Sri Lanka rather than a history of the nation-state.

Bradt Sri Lankan Wildlife

Bradt Sri Lankan Wildlife
A Visitor's Guide

by Gehan de Silva Wijeyeratne

  • Publisher : Bradt Travel Guides
  • Release : 2007
  • Pages : 140
  • ISBN : 9781841621746
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Sri Lanka is home to elephants, leopards, bears and water buffalo and boasts one of the highest species densities of marine mammals in the world. An ideal field guide and armchair read, this book is illustrated with colour photographs of species and includes maps charting animal habitats to aid identification.Bradt's fully illustrated wildlife guides focus on regions of the world particularly celebrated for their amazing and often unique species. With spectacular photography or exclusive watercolour drawings throughout, each visitors' guide provides an introduction to the region's principal flora and fauna alongside suggested wildlife itineraries, practical information on when to go and what to take and photography tips. Written in a deliberately engaging way, they offer something different from dry field guides, and will appeal to the interested layman as much as the wildlife devotee. Ideal as a lightweight companion to any wildlife trip they also make a handsome souvenir.

Your Passport to Sri Lanka

Your Passport to Sri Lanka
A Book

by Nancy Dickmann

  • Publisher : Capstone Press
  • Release : 2021
  • Pages : 32
  • ISBN : 1496697227
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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What is it like to live in or visit Sri Lanka? What makes Sri Lanka's culture unique? Explore the geography, traditions, and daily lives of Sri Lankan people.

Sri Lanka--Ethnic Fratricide and the Dismantling of Democracy

Sri Lanka--Ethnic Fratricide and the Dismantling of Democracy
A Book

by Stanley Jeyaraja Tambiah

  • Publisher : University of Chicago Press
  • Release : 1986
  • Pages : 198
  • ISBN : 0226789527
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Focusing on the historical events of post-independence Sri Lanka, S. J. Tambiah analyzes the causes of the violent conflict between the majority Sinhalese Buddhists and the minority Tamils. He demonstrates that the crisis is primarily a result of recent societal stresses—educational expansions, linguistic policy, unemployment, uneven income distribution, population movements, contemporary uses of the past as religious and national ideology, and trends toward authoritarianism—rather than age-old racial and religious differences. "In this concise, informative, lucidly written book, scrupulously documented and well indexed, [Tambiah] trains his dispassionate anthropologist's eye on the tangled roots of an urgent, present-day problem in the passionate hope that enlightenment, understanding, and a generous spirit of compromise may yet be able to prevail."—Merle Rubin, Christian Science Monitor "An incredibly rich and balanced analysis of the crisis. It is exemplary in highlighting the general complexities of ethnic crises in long-lived societies carrying a burden of historical memories."—Amita Shastri, Journal of Asian Studies "Tambiah makes an eloquent case for pluralist democracy in a country abundantly endowed with excuses to abandon such an approach to politics."—Donald L. Horowitz, New Republic "An excellent and thought-provoking book, for anyone who cares about Sri Lanka."—Paul Sieghart, Los Angeles Times Book Review

Intervention in Sri Lanka

Intervention in Sri Lanka
The I.P.K.F. Experience Retold

by Harkirat Singh (Maj. Gen.)

  • Publisher : Manohar Publishers
  • Release : 2007
  • Pages : 188
  • ISBN : 9788173047053
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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In this volume the author then GOC, Indian Peacekeeping Force (IPKF) gives a first hand account of the initial induction and operations of the IPKF in Sri Lanka. He describes the trials and tribulations of the IPKF as it grappled with an operational situation inexorably tangled with politics. The book gives an insight into how inadequately prepared the IPKF was for the task set out for it and explains how difficult it was to fight the LTTE guerrilla, especially when the Indian government itself was not clear about its political and military aims. It highlights the operations of the IPKF in Sri Lanka and attempts to set the record straight on a number of key issues, including the surrender of arms by the LTTE, and the famous 'boat tragedy'. The IPKF went in as peacekeepers, with the responsibility to disarm the LTTE, if necessary by force, and maintain law and order. But clear-cut orders regarding possible IPKF action against the LTTE was never issued. Therefore, when the time came to fight the LTTE the IPKF found itself at a disadvantage. This compelling narrative is an important addition to the extensive literature on the IPKF in Sri Lanka.

Suicide in Sri Lanka

Suicide in Sri Lanka
The Anthropology of an Epidemic

by Tom Widger

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release : 2015-05-15
  • Pages : 222
  • ISBN : 1317589939
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Why people kill themselves remains an enduring and unanswered question. With a focus on Sri Lanka, a country that for several decades has reported ‘epidemic’ levels of suicidal behaviour, this book develops a unique perspective linking the causes and meanings of suicidal practices to social processes across moments, lifetimes and history. Extending anthropological approaches to practice, learning and agency, anthropologist Tom Widger draws from long-term fieldwork in a Sinhala Buddhist community to develop an ethnographic theory of suicide that foregrounds local knowledge and sets out a charter for prevention. The book highlights the motives of children and adults becoming suicidal and how certain gender, age, class relationships and violence are prone to give rise to suicidal responses. By linking these experiences to emotional states, it develops an ethnopsychiatric model of suicide rooted in social practice. Widger then goes on to examine how suicides are resolved at village and national levels, tracing the roots of interventions to the politics of colonial and post-colonial social welfare and health regimes. Exploring local accounts of suicide as both ‘evidence’ for the suicide epidemic and as an ‘ethos’ of suicidality shaping subjective worlds, Suicide in Sri Lanka shows how anthropological analysis can offer theoretical as well as policy insights. With the inclusion of straightforward summaries and implications for prevention at the end of each chapter, this book has relevance for specialists and non-specialists alike. It represents an important new contribution to South Asian Studies, Social Anthropology and Medical Anthropology, as well as to cross-cultural Suicidology.

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka
A Book

by Ariane Tahar,Catherine Bourzat,Delon Madavan,Jean-Louis Despesse

  • Publisher : Guides Gallimard
  • Release : 2019-10-03
  • Pages : 492
  • ISBN : 9782742454549
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Sri Lanka...Pister les éléphants dans le parc national de Wilpattu, explorer les grottes bouddhiques de Dambulla, lézarder sur la plage de Nilaveli, se balader dans les jardins de thé des Hautes Terres, surfer à Arugam Bay, musarder dans le vieux fort de Galle, apprendre à cuisiner un rice and curry... A vous de choisir !

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka
Lost Opportunities : Past Attempts at Resolving Ethnic Conflict

by Ketheshwaran Loganathan

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 1996
  • Pages : 243
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Chiefly relates to post-1978 events.

At Home in Sri Lanka

At Home in Sri Lanka
A Book

by James Fennell

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 2016-03-01
  • Pages : 208
  • ISBN : 9780500518403
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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A decade after the publication of Living in Sri Lanka, photographer James Fennell revisits the 'Paradise Isle' to discover exactly what it is that makes a great Sri Lankan home. Travelling with writer Tom Sykes, he has visited numerous houses and taken thousands of photographs, as well as interviewing owners, interior decorators, architects, stylists and designers. Collectively, the twenty-six properties showcased in this book - the very best examples - capture the essence of elegant Sri Lankan living. Sri Lanka is a place of geographic and cultural contrasts, and its best architecture is structurally versatile, using features such as overhanging roofs, slatted walls and courtyards to cope with intense sunshine and sudden downpours in equal measure. Also in the interior, climatic factors dominate even the most luxurious homes: valuable antiques and art give way to simple pieces of furniture, batiks, prints and artfully crafted cushions, with colour or shadow used creatively to enliven expansive walls. From the colonial grandeur of actress Gillian Anderson's secluded retreat and the sumptuous Wallawwa hotel to works by the celebrated architects Geoffrey Bawa (Claughton House; Paradise Road The Villa Bentota) and Anjalendran (The Crooked House; Mount Cinnamon), the structures in this book have one thing in common: they embrace the unpredictable natural environment, seamlessly blending indoor and outdoor living.

The Break-up of Sri Lanka

The Break-up of Sri Lanka
The Sinhalese-Tamil Conflict

by A. Jeyaratnam Wilson

  • Publisher : C. HURST & CO. PUBLISHERS
  • Release : 1988
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN : 9781850650331
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Pathways of Dissent

Pathways of Dissent
Tamil Nationalism in Sri Lanka

by R Cheran

  • Publisher : SAGE Publications India
  • Release : 2009-04-11
  • Pages : 332
  • ISBN : 8132104323
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Sri Lanka, the 'Teardrop Isle', has been under international attention for more than two decades for its ethnic conflict and civil war, and recently, under intense media scrutiny for what seems like a decisive end to the civil war. While the ethnic conflict and the civil war have been the subjects of numerous academic and non-academic studies in both the East and the West, there has been no significant research on nationalism, particularly Tamil nationalism, as it manifests itself in Sri Lanka. Pathways of Dissent: Tamil Nationalism in Sri Lanka endeavours to fill this important academic gap through its collection of ten in-depth essays that present a wide perspective of the subject. The book holistically portrays Tamil nationalism from various disciplinary perspectives like history, political science, international relations, art, literature, sociology and anthropology. In doing so, it tries to understand the nature of nationalism as it emerges in these areas and adds to the richness and complexity of the problem. The significance of this collection is not only its breadth of vision, but also the origins of the hypotheses. The essays cite primary sources from Tamil society and culture that are not usually referred to. It is the first multi-disciplinary collection of essays exploring the state of Sri Lankan Tamils and their nationalistic moorings. The book succeeds in adding further scholarship to the academic debate centred on nationalism, politics, sociology and ethnic conflicts. Academics and readers with a focus on ethnic conflicts, peace studies, nationalism, Tamil politics and society and South Asian history will find the book to be an essential reference source.

Ritual and Recovery in Post-Conflict Sri Lanka

Ritual and Recovery in Post-Conflict Sri Lanka
A Book

by Jane Derges

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release : 2013-05-20
  • Pages : 216
  • ISBN : 1136214887
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Following over twenty years of war, Sri Lanka’s longest cease-fire (2002-2006) provided a final opportunity for an inclusive peace settlement between the Sri Lankan government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). However, hostilities resumed with ever increasing desperation and ferocity on both sides, until the LTTE were overcome and largely eradicated in 2009. This book provides a contextualised analysis of the effects of war on a small Tamil community living in northern Sri Lanka during the cease-fire period. It examines how the society changed and adapted in order to accommodate the upheaval and destruction of war, and its inevitable resumption. In particular, it focuses on the nature of suffering through an exploration of a well-known ritual: Thuukkukkaavadi that transformed the experience of pain and suffering and contributed to a process whereby many village communities could come together in a demonstration of strength and resilience. It contributes to studies on violence, reparation processes of so-called ‘post-conflict’ societies and the medical anthropology of healing. It questions assumptions concerning the nature of suffering and critiques the application of western categories in settings like northern Sri Lanka, where entire communities have been silenced by political violence. The book therefore presents a claim for more culturally specific understandings of what constitutes suffering and is of interest to students and scholars of South Asian Studies, Conflict Resolution, and Social and Cultural Anthropology.

Beaches, Sri Lanka

Beaches, Sri Lanka
A Book

by Tom Tidball

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 2002
  • Pages : 117
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Chiefly color photographs.

Sri Lanka and the Defeat of the LTTE

Sri Lanka and the Defeat of the LTTE
A Book

by K. M. De Silva

  • Publisher : Penguin UK
  • Release : 2012
  • Pages : 338
  • ISBN : 9780143416524
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The most wide-ranging analysis so far on the LTTE and its violent legacy

The Buddha in Sri Lanka

The Buddha in Sri Lanka
Histories and Stories

by Gananath Obeyesekere

  • Publisher : Taylor & Francis
  • Release : 2017-08-07
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN : 1351592254
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This book examines culture, religion and polity in the context of Buddhism. Gananath Obeyesekere, one of the foremost analytical voices from South Asia develops Freud’s notion of ‘dream work’, the ‘work of culture’ and ideas of no-self (anatta) to understand Buddhism in contemporary Sri Lanka. This work offers a restorative interpretation of Buddhist myths in contrast to the perspective involving deconstruction. The book deals with a range of themes connected with Buddhism, including oral traditions and stories, the religious pantheon, philosophy, emotions, reform movements, questions of identity and culture, and issues of modernity. This fascinating volume will greatly interest students, teachers and researchers of religion and philosophy, especially Buddhism, ethics, cultural studies, social and cultural anthropology, Sri Lanka and modern South Asian history.

Sri Lanka's Mythology

Sri Lanka's Mythology
A Book

by R. Weerakoon

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 1985
  • Pages : 185
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Butterfly Conservation Action Plan of Sri Lanka

Butterfly Conservation Action Plan of Sri Lanka
A Book

by George Van der Poorten

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 2014
  • Pages : 101
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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