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Title Sri Lanka at the crossroads of history / edited by Zoltan Biedermann and Alan Strathern
Published London : UCL Press, 2017
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Contents Introduction: Querying the cosmopolitan in Sri Lankan and Indian Ocean history / Alan Strathern and Zoltán Biedermann -- 1. Archaeology and cosmopolitanism in early historic and medieval Sri Lanka / Robin Coningham, Mark Manuel, Christopher Davis and Prishanta Gunawardhana -- 2. 'Implicit cosmopolitanism' and the commercial role of ancient Lanka / Rebecca R. Darley -- 3. A Pāli cosmopolis? Sri Lanka and the Theravāda Buddhist ecumene, c. 500-1500 / Tilman Frasch -- 4. Beautifully moral: cosmopolitan issues in medieval Pāli literary theory / Alastair Gornall and Justin Henry -- 5. Sinhala sande-sá poetry in a cosmopolitan context / Stephen C. Berkwitz -- 6. The local and the global: the multiple visual worlds of ivory carvers in early modern Sri Lanka / Sujatha Arundathi Meegama -- 7. Cosmopolitan converts: the politics of Lankan exile in the Portuguese Empire / Zoltán Biedermann -- 8. Between the Portuguese and the Nāyakas: the many faces of the Kandyan Kingdom, 1591-1765 / Gananath Obeyesekere -- 9. Through the lens of slavery: Dutch Sri Lanka in the eighteenth century / Alicia Schrikker and Kate J. Ekama -- 10. Cosmopolitanism and indigeneity in four violent years: the fall of the kingdom of Kandy and the Great Rebellion revisited / Sujit Sivasundaram -- 11. The digestion of the foreign in Landan history, c. 500-1818 / Alan Strathern
Summary 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
Notes 11 The digestion of the foreign in Lankan history, c. 500-1818
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Subject Arts -- Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka -- Civilization.
Sri Lanka -- Commerce.
Sri Lanka -- History.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
Author Biedermann, Zoltán.
Strathern, Alan, 1975-
ISBN 1911307819 (electronic bk.)
1911307827 (electronic bk.)
9781911307815 (electronic bk.)
9781911307822 (electronic bk.)