The History of Sri Lanka

The History of Sri Lanka

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A concise and up-to-date history of Sri Lanka, including significant attention to current conflicts.
Sri Lanka--an island nation located in the Indian Ocean-- has a population of approximately 19 million. Despite its diminuative size, however, Sri Lanka has a long and complex history. The diversity of its people has led to ethnic, religious, and political conflicts that continue to exist. Peebles describes the experiences of the country, from its earliest settlers, to civil war, to its current state, allowing readers to better understand this often misunderstood country.

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Peebles (history, U. of Missouri, Kansas City) presents the history of Sri Lanka in this volume that is part of a series aimed at students and general readers. Along the way, he integrates geography, economics, culture, colonialism, and Sinhalese and Tamil nationalism into the discussion, and describes the country's independence from Britain, ethnic conflicts, quality of life, the recent civil war and quest for peace, and the 2004 tsunami. Brief biographies of key figures are appended. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2006
ISBN: 9780313332050
Characteristics: xxvi, 216 p. ; 25 cm

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