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Sri Lanka at the Crossroads of History

Biedermann, Z and Strathern, A (Eds). (2017) Sri Lanka at the Crossroads of History. [Book]. UCL Press: London. Green open access

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The peoples of Sri Lanka have participated in far-flung trading networks, religious formations, and Asian and European empires for millennia. This interdisciplinary volume sets out to draw Sri Lanka into the field of Asian and Global History by showing how the latest wave of scholarship has explored the island as a ‘crossroads’, a place defined by its openness to movement across the Indian Ocean. Experts in the history, archaeology, literature and art of the island from c.500 BCE to c.1850 CE use Lankan material to explore a number of pressing scholarly debates. They address these matters from their varied disciplinary perspectives and diverse array of sources, critically assessing concepts such as ethnicity, cosmopolitanism and localisation, and elucidating the subtle ways in which the foreign may be resisted and embraced at the same time. The individual chapters, and the volume as a whole, are a welcome addition to the history and historiography of Sri Lanka, as well as studies of the Indian Ocean region, kingship, colonialism, imperialism, and early modernity.

Type: Book
Title: Sri Lanka at the Crossroads of History
ISBN-13: 9781911307822
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.14324/111.9781911307822
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.14324/111.9781911307822
Language: English
Additional information: This book is published under a Creative Common 4.0 International license (CC BY 4.0). This license allows you to share, copy, distribute and transmit the work; to adapt the work and to make commercial use of the work providing attribution is made to the authors (but not in any way that suggests that they endorse you or your use of the work). Attribution should include the following information: Zoltán Biedermann and Alan Strathern (eds.), Sri Lanka at the Crossroads of History , London, UCL Press, 2017. https://doi.org/ 10.14324/111.9781911307822 Further details about CC BY licenses are available at http://creativecommons.org/ licenses/
Keywords: Archaeology, Colonialism, Sri Lanka, Imperialism
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > SELCS
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1557938
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