Sri Lanka in the Modern Age: A HIstory

Paperback | March 17, 2015

byNira Wickramasinghe

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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 thepolitical, 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 thathas 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.

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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 thepolitical, social and economic demands of other...

Nira Wickramasinghe is Professor and Chair of Modern South Asian Studies at Leiden University in the Netherlands. Her most recent books are Metallic Modern: Everyday Machines in Colonial Sri Lanka and L'invention du vetement national au Sri Lanka: Habiller le corps colonise .
Format:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 8.31 × 5.39 × 1.18 inPublished:March 17, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0190225793

ISBN - 13:9780190225797

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"A neatly crafted, well documented historical narrative significant contribution to the discipline of history in Sri Lankan society." --Commonwealth and Comparative Politics