Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka Prajathanthrika Samajavadi Janarajaya (Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka)
  • Brian Hunter
Part of the The Statesman’s Yearbook book series (SYBK)


Key Historical Events. In 1505 the Portuguese had formed settlements in the west and south, which were taken from them in the middle of the next century by the Dutch. In 1796 the British Government annexed the foreign settlements to the presidency of Madras. In 1802 Ceylon was constituted a separate colony. In the beginning of the 19th century the British subjugated the Kandyan Kingdom in the central highlands.


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Further Reading

  1. De Silva, C. R. Sri Lanka: a History: Delhi, 1991Google Scholar
  2. Johnson, B. L. C. and Scrivenor, M. le M., Sri Lanka: Land, People and Economy. London, 1981Google Scholar
  3. Manogaran, C., Ethnic Conflict and Reconciliation in Sri Lanka. Univ. Hawaii Press, 1987Google Scholar
  4. Manor, J., Sri Lanka: In Change and Crisis. London, 1984Google Scholar
  5. McGowan, W., Only Man is Vile: the Tragedy of Sri Lanka. New York, 1992Google Scholar
  6. Moore, M., The State and Peasant Politics in Sri Lanka. CUP, 1985CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  7. Samaraweera, V., Sri Lanka. [Bibliography] Oxford and Santa Barbara, 1987Google Scholar
  8. Schwarz, W., The Tamils of Sri Lanka. London, 1983Google Scholar
  9. Tambiah, S. J., Sri Lanka: Ethnic Fratricide and the Dismantling of Democracy. London, 1986Google Scholar
  10. Wilson, A. J., The Break-Up of Sri Lanka: The Sinhalese-Tamil Conflict. London, 1988Google Scholar
  11. National statistical office: Department of Census and Statistics, POB 563, Colombo 7.Google Scholar

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