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By K M de Silva

Sri Lanka is an historical civilization, formed and thrust into the trendy globalizing international by way of its colonial adventure. With its personal precise difficulties, lots of them old 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 higher individual to give it in reasoned, scholarly phrases than K.M. de Silva, Sri Lanka’s such a lot individual and prolific historian.

A background of Sri Lanka, first released in 1981, has proven itself because the usual paintings at the topic. This totally revised variation, in mild of the newest study, brings the tale correct as much as the early years of the twenty-first century. The publication presents complete insurance of all features of Sri Lanka’s development—from a classical Buddhist society and irrigation economic climate, to its emergence as a tropical colony generating the various world’s most vital funds plants, reminiscent of cinnamon, tea, rubber and coconut, and at last as an Asian democracy. it's a research of the political vicissitudes of Sri Lanka’s old civilization and the successive levels of Portuguese, Dutch and British colonial rule. the unlucky outcomes of changing into a centre of ethnic pressure and Sri Lanka’s long-standing courting with India also are discussed.
Exhaustively researched and analytical, this e-book is a useful reference resource for college students of old, colonial and post-colonial societies, ethnic clash and democratic transitions, in addition to for all those that easily are looking to get a consider of the wealthy and sundry texture of Sri Lanka’s lengthy history.

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