Sri Lanka in the Modern Age: A History of Contested Identities

By: Nira Wickramasinghe

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Since the late 1970s civil war has left Sri Lanka in an almost permanent state of crisis. Conventional histories of the country by liberal and Marxist scholars in the last twenty years have tended to focus on the state's failure to accommodate the needs and demands of the minorities. The entire history of the twentieth century has been traced to this one key issue. Sri Lanka in the Modern Age offers a fresh perspective based on new research. Above all, Nira Wickramasinghe has written a history of the people of Sri Lanka rathen a history of the nation-state. Contents Preface: Identities and Histories Acknowledgments Glossary Abbreviations Part I. Pre-Independence Years: Changing Lives 1. Colonial Encounters 2. Colonialism and Constructed Identities 3. National Framings: Authentic Bodies and Things 4. Before Independence:Communities and Conflicts Part II. The Post-Independence Years: Political Cultures 5. Citizens, Communities, Rights, Constitutions, 1947 - 2000 6. The Search for Equality: The Left Movement and Insurrections 7. The Search for Sovereignty: Tamil Separatism/ Nationalism 8. Sri Lanka: The Welfare State and Beyond Select Bibliography Index. Printed Pages: 384.

Title: Sri Lanka in the Modern Age: A History of Contested Identities

Author Name: Nira Wickramasinghe

Categories: India, History, Culture, and Politics,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: London, UK, Hurst & Company:

ISBN: 1850657599

ISBN 13: 9781850657590

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: New

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Seller ID: 027049

Keywords: Sri Lanka History India