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Sri Lanka at the Crossroads of History
edited by Zoltán Biedermann and Alan Strathern
University College London, 2017
Paper: 978-1-911307-83-9 | Cloth: 978-1-911307-84-6
Library of Congress Classification DS489.5
Dewey Decimal Classification 954.9301

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
Sri Lanka has been at the center of far-flung networks for millennia—a key part of trade routes, the spread of religions, and Asian and European empires. This book sets out to use contemporary scholarship that focuses on that role as a crossroads to set Sri Lanka more firmly in the fields of Asian and global history. Contributors draw on the archaeology, history, literature, and art of the island from 500 BCE to 1850 CE to explore a number of pressing scholarly debates. Showing the subtle ways in which foreign elements can be simultaneously resisted and embraced, the book presents a distinctive, but deeply connected, Sri Lanka, one that is defined by its openness to movement across the Indian Ocean.

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