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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.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Half-Title Page
  2. pp. i-ii
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  1. Title Page
  2. p. iii
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  1. Copyright
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  1. Acknowledgements
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. List of figures
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Notes on contributors
  2. pp. xi-xiii
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  1. Figure 1
  2. p. xiv
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  1. Introduction: Querying the cosmopolitan in Sri Lankan and Indian Ocean history
  2. Alan Strathern, Zoltán Biedermann
  3. pp. 1-18
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  1. 1. Archaeology and cosmopolitanism in early historic and medieval Sri Lanka
  2. Robin Coningham, Mark Manuel, Christopher Davis, Prishanta Gunawardhana
  3. pp. 19-43
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  1. 2. ‘Implicit cosmopolitanism’ and the commercial role of ancient Lanka
  2. Rebecca R. Darley
  3. pp. 44-65
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  1. 3. A Pāli cosmopolis? Sri Lanka and the Theravāda Buddhist ecumene, c. 500–1500
  2. Tilman Frasch
  3. pp. 66-76
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  1. 4. Beautifully moral: cosmopolitan issues in medieval Pa – li literary theory
  2. Alastair Gornall, Justin Henry
  3. pp. 77-93
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  1. 5. Sinhala sandēśa poetry in a cosmopolitan context
  2. Stephen C. Berkwitz
  3. pp. 94-112
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  1. 6. The local and the global: the multiple visual worlds of ivory carvers in early modern Sri Lanka
  2. Sujatha Arundathi Meegama
  3. pp. 113-140
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  1. 7. Cosmopolitan converts: the politics of Lankan exile in the Portuguese Empire
  2. Zoltán Biedermann
  3. pp. 141-160
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  1. 8. Between the Portuguese and the Nāyakas: the many faces of the Kandyan Kingdom, 1591–1765
  2. Gananath Obeyesekere
  3. pp. 161-177
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  1. 9. Through the lens of slavery: Dutch Sri Lanka in the eighteenth century
  2. Alicia Schrikker, Kate J. Ekama
  3. pp. 178-193
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  1. 10. Cosmopolitanism and indigeneity in four violent years: the fall of the kingdom of Kandy and the Great Rebellion revisited
  2. Sujit Sivasundaram
  3. pp. 194-215
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  1. 11. The digestion of the foreign in Lankan history, c. 500– 1818
  2. Alan Strathern
  3. pp. 216-238
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 239-300
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 301-331
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 332-340
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  1. Back Cover
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781911307822
Related ISBN(s)
9781911307846
MARC Record
OCLC
1204268155
Launched on MUSE
2021-01-19
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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