Sri Lanka in the Modern Age: A History

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Oxford University Press, Jan 3, 2014 - History - 416 pages
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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.

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Identities and Histories
Colonial Encounters
Colonialism and Constructed Identities
Authentic Bodies and Things
Communities and Conflicts
Tamil SeparatismNationalism
The Welfare State and Beyond
The End of the
The Making of Oppressive Stability
patriotism and cultural heritage

The Left Movement and Insurrections

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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 .

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