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Sri Lanka in the modern age : a history of contested identities

Author: Nira Wickramasinghe
Publisher: Honolulu, HI : University of Hawai'i Press, ©2006.
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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 thus 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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Wickramasinghe, Nira.
Sri Lanka in the modern age.
Honolulu, HI : University of Hawai'i Press, ©2006
(OCoLC)607793586
Online version:
Wickramasinghe, Nira.
Sri Lanka in the modern age.
Honolulu, HI : University of Hawai'i Press, ©2006
(OCoLC)607823030
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Nira Wickramasinghe
ISBN: 0824830164 9780824830168
OCLC Number: 65538901
Description: xxiv, 360 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
Contents: Colonial encounters --
Colonialism and constructed identities --
National framings : authentic bodies and things --
Before independence : communities and conflicts --
Citizens, communities, rights, constitutions, 1947-2000 --
The search for equality : the left movement and insurrections --
The search for sovereignty : Tamil separatism/nationalism --
Sri Lanka : the welfare state and beyond.
Responsibility: 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 thus 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 rather than a history of the nation state."--Jacket.

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