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Paradise Poisoned: Learning About Conflict, Terrorism and Development from Sri Lanka's Civil Wars
John Richardson
9555800944
March 2005
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Book Description
Could actions have been taken prior to September 11 th to prevent the formation of a strong and resilient al Qaeda ? Might alternative development policies have prevented the World Trade Center attacks and forestalled the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq? Paradise Poisoned draws crucial lessons from Sri Lanka's civil wars to demonstrate that violent conflict and terrorism are both predictable and preventable . John Richardson's study - carried out over nearly twenty years - employs rigorous political and economic analysis and a multi-disciplinary engagement of the systemic linkages between development, governance, and civil conflict. The author - a noted development professor and practitioner, applied systems theorist, and South Asian scholar - traces ten development failures that spawned conflict and terrorism in...


Ashes and Snow: New York Exhibition Catalog
Gregory Colbert (Photographer)
0974698105
April 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
Gregory Colbert's photographic artworks capture extraordinary moments of contact between man and animal. Gregory Colbert has spent thirteen years filming and photographing elephants, whales, birds, and other animals in such places as India, Burma, Ethiopia, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Namibia, Egypt, the island of Dominica, Tonga, and Antarctica. Ashes and Snow, Colbert's lifelong project, is a collaboration with animals in their natural habitat as they interact with human beings. His images attempt to remove the boundaries between humans and other species—to re-awaken in us an understanding of our shared animal nature. The New York exhibition catalog collects more than 190 images from the U.S. debut of Ashes and Snow on Pier 54 in New York City (March 5–June 6, 2005). The books were printed and bound in Italy; the...


The History of Sri Lanka
Greenwood Publishing Group
0313332053
May 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
Sri Lanka--an island nation located in the Indian Ocean-- has a population of approximately 19 million. Despite its diminuative size, however, Sri Lanka has a long and complex history. The diversity of its people has led to ethnic, religious, and political conflicts that continue to exist. Peebles describes the experiences of the country, from its earliest settlers, to civil war, to its current state, allowing readers to better understand this often misunderstood country.

About the Author
PATRICK PEEBLES is Professor of History at the University of Missouri, Kansas City.


Resplendent Sites, Discordant Voices: Sri Lankans and International Tourism (Studies in Anthropology and History)
MALCOLM CRICK
3718655640
January 1, 1994
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Book Description
The book's focus shifts from global and comparative concerns to the political, economic and cultural context of national policy formation, investigates the regional story of tourism growth in Kandy, and examines the roles and relationships which exist in the so-called "informal sector" - the large arena of somewhat "shaddy" activities beyond the control of national tourism authorities which characterises this industry throughout the Third World. The rhetoric of the industry image-makers is studied, and contrasted with how tourism is perceived by a range of other social groups, such as those running unlicensed guesthouses, municipal officials, the younger generation about to leave school, and individuals trying to make a living from their encounters with foreigners on the streets of Kandy. From these portraits,...


War, Evil, and the End of History
Bernard-Henri Levy
0971865957
April 2004
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
One of France's most celebrated intellectuals and author of the French bestseller Who Killed Daniel Pearl? reports on five currently forgotten or marginalized war zones-Angola, Sri Lanka, Burundi, Colombia and the Sudan-and elaborates his eyewitness accounts with philosophizing about genocide, terrorism and the nature of history. The first part is philosophical travelogue, richly descriptive and highly visual in style. A lyrical yet disciplined commentator, Lévy teases out the underlying logic and cultural specificity of each site of devastation. Human encounters, such as a meeting with a young female Tamil would-be suicide bomber on the run or an interview with a jittery Marxist-Leninist revolutionary leader in Colombia, are full of intelligent observation. The two million dead of Sudan haunt the ghost...


Theravada Buddhism And the British Encounter
Elizabeth J. Harris
0415371252
May 2006
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Book Description
This work explores the British encounter with Buddhism in nineteenth century Sri Lanka. Its central concern is the way Buddhism was represented and constructed in the eyes of the British scholars, officials, travelers and religious seekers who first encountered it. The book traces the three main historical phases of the encounter from 1796 to 1900 and gives a sensitive and nuanced exegesis of the cultural and political influences which shaped the early British understanding of Buddhism and which would condition its subsequent transmission to the West. This work fills a significant gap in scholarship on Theravada Buddhism in Sri Lanka by concentrating on missionary writings and by a thorough exploration of original materials of several important pioneers in Buddhist Studies and Mission Studies. It expands the readers'...


Asian Art at the Norton Simon Museum Volume 3: Art from Sri Lanka and Southeast Asia
Pratapaditya Pal
0300101481
January 1, 2004
Hardcover
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Review
These lavishly illustrated books are the first and second in a series of three cataloguing the Asian art collection at the Norton Simon Museum. Each work of art is fully illustrated and discussed, and both volumes include substantial introductions that shed light on the aesthetic and metaphysical underpinnings of these masterpieces.


Anil's Ghost
Michael Ondaatje
0375724370
April 2001
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Book Review
In his Booker Prize-winning third novel, The English Patient, Michael Ondaatje explored the nature of love and betrayal in wartime. His fourth, Anil's Ghost, is also set during a war, but unlike in World War II, the enemy is difficult to identify in the bloody sectarian upheaval that ripped Sri Lanka apart in the 1980s and '90s. The protagonist, Anil Tissera, a native Sri Lankan, left her homeland at 18 and returns to it 15 years later only as part of an international human rights fact-finding mission. In the intervening years she has become a forensic anthropologist--a career that has landed her in the killing fields of Central America, digging up the victims of Guatemala's dirty war. Now she's come to Sri Lanka on a similar quest. But as she soon learns, there are fundamental differences between her previous assignment and...


Sri Lanka
James Jupp
0714630934
July 1978
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SRI Lanka
Krishnan Guruswamy
0836823540
September 2002
Hardcover
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Sri Lanka And the Maldive Islands
Chandra Richard De Silva
0754601862
July 2006
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Birds of India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and the Maldives
Richard Grimmett, et al
0691049106
November 8, 1999
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Book Description

From the snowcapped Himalayas and the Indus valley, to the Ganges delta and the Sri Lankan forests, the Indian subcontinent is home to 13% of the world's species of birds and thousands of birders and ecotourists flock to the area every year. This field guide will be indispensable to those who wish to find and identify the many species of avifauna of the Indian subcontinent and environs.

Featuring more than 150 color plates by eminent bird illustrators from Europe and India, it depicts all the known species in the region, ranging from the Himalayan Snowcock in the north to the Sri Lanka Spurfowl in the south. The plates include all relevant identifiable subspecies, as well as ages and sexes. It contains hundreds of range maps and the succinct text on the facing pages covers identification, voice, and distribution....



Buddhism at Work
George D. Bond, et al
1565491769
December 2003
Paperback
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Today's Books, May 2004
Must Read!!!!

Turning Wheel, Fall 2004
Provides hard-to-find details about the movement and compares its construction of Buddhism with Buddhist nationalism and fundamentalism.

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Sri Lanka in the Modern Age
Nira Wickramasinghe
0824830164
Nov 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
Since the late 1970s civil war has left Sri Lanka in an almost permanent state of crisis; conventional histories of the country by liberal and Marxist scholars in the last two decades have thus tended to focus on the state’s failure to accommodate the needs and demands of the minorities. The entire history of the twentieth century has been tied to this one key issue. Sri Lanka in the Modern Age offers a fresh perspective based on new research. Above all, the author has written a history of the peoples of Sri Lanka rather than a history of the nation-state.

From the Back Cover
"[Provides] an informed and sensitive portrayal of evolving identities, beliefs, perspectives and practices in the state and society in twentieth-century Sri Lanka. . . . It is exceptional in...


Tropical Houses: Living in Nature in Jamaica, Sri Lanka, Java, Bali, and the Coasts of Mexico and Belize
Tim Street-Porter
0517704625
November 2000
Hardcover
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Book Review
Before opening Tropical Houses, hide your passport. As soon as you get a glimpse of these incredible houses nestled among lush tropical landscapes, you'll want to head straight to the airport. Author Tim Street-Porter spent more than 10 years traveling through Jamaica, Sri Lanka, Bali, Java, Mexico, and Belize, meeting the owners of these Shangri-las and taking interior and exterior photos. Tropical Houses offers intelligent, dreamy commentary and over 272 breathtaking full-color photos.

Visit the House of Iseh in Bali and sit in the verdant shadow of the sacred volcano Gunung Agung. Said writer Anna Mathews of the view from the terrace: "Once you have lived in this place you can never be the same again. You are driven mad by beauty." In Jamaica, imagine you're a guest at Good Hope. Originally a plantation, Good Hope is...



Study of the Economic History of Pre-Modern Sri Lanka
W. I. Siriweera
0706976215
January 1994
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The Winds of Sinhala
Colin De Silva
0385159528


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Running Guns: The Global Black Market in Small Arms
Lora Lumpe (Editor)
1856498735
October 2000
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Book Description
Whether it is Africa, Sri Lanka, or even Chechnya and Afghanistan, it is not heavy weaponry or hi-tech devices that kill the most people, but the flood of cheap, easy to get, small arms that has swept over so many countries in the 80s and 90s. Yet a lot of this cross-border arms trade is illegal. This important and readable new book seeks to advance our understanding of the illegal arms traffic. What precisely is involved? How is it conducted? Who are the players? What are the impacts? What needs to be done?


Brill's Indological Library, Buddhist History in the Vernacular
Stephen C. Berkwitz
9004139109
Jan 2004
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Sri Lanka--Ethnic Fratricide and the Dismantling of Democracy
Stanley Jeyaraja Tambiah
0226789527
August 27, 1991
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Book Description
Focusing on the historical events of post-independence Sri Lanka, S. J. Tambiah analyzes the causes of the violent conflict between the majority Sinhalese Buddhists and the minority Tamils. He demonstrates that the crisis is primarily a result of recent societal stresses—educational expansions, linguistic policy, unemployment, uneven income distribution, population movements, contemporary uses of the past as religious and national ideology, and trends toward authoritarianism—rather than age-old racial and religious differences.

"In this concise, informative, lucidly written book, scrupulously documented and well indexed, [Tambiah] trains his dispassionate anthropologist's eye on the tangled roots of an urgent, present-day problem in the passionate hope that enlightenment, understanding, and a...


Maoist Insurgency Since Vietnam
Thomas Marks
0714641235
January 31, 1996
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Book Description
This is the first major work to be published which analyses the phenomenon of revolutions based on a Maoist model, namely Thailand, the Philippines, Peru and Sri Lanka. Unlike the Vietnamese Communists, however, all these insurgencies modelled on Mao have failed, having been successfully contained by their governments. The question is how did the world's strongest power - America - fail where Third World governments have succeeded? The author seeks to provide the answers in order to learn not only about the Maoist 'people's war' and counter-insurgency, but also to identify the factors which contribute to a revolution.


Exploring Confrontations: Sri Lanka, Politics, History and Culture, Vol. 14
Michael Roberts (Editor)
3718655063
June 1995
Hardcover
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Book Description
Sri Lanka has been the meeting point of many ideologies and ways of being. This has spelt heterogeneity, syncretism and conflict. In drawing upon the practices of empirical research promoted by Western intellectual traditions, the author demonstrates the strengths of these practices through his contextualised engagement with the pogroms of 1915 and 1983, as well as other incidents, as at the same time he delineates some of the limits of empiricist rationality.
This book is replete with rich ethnographic detail and serves as an exercise in historical anthropology which illuminates Sri Lanka's political culture. It not only opens out the contrast between Western and Indian world views, but also explores the human condition by bringing out the immediacy surrounding acts of victimisation and human beings in...


Sri Lanka
Nanda Pethiyagoda Wanasundera
0761414770
October 2002
Hardcover
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Children's Bookwatch, September 1999
"...fine and lasting reference information for grades 5 and older, and are highly recommended picks for discriminating collections." --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.

Card catalog description
A look at the geography, history, government, economy, people, lifestyles, language, and culture of this diverse island country. --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.


Lost White Tribes : The End of Privilege and the Last Colonials in Sri Lanka, Jamaica, Brazil, Haiti, Namibia, and Guadeloupe
Riccardo Orizio
0743211979
July 10, 2001
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Ever wonder what became of that unfortunate Belgian clerk in Conrad's Heart of Darkness, who insisted upon wearing a starched collar despite the stifling Congo heat? Italian journalist Orizio shows that he may well have stayed on. Like Ryszard Kapuscinski, who provides a brief foreword, Orizio has a wonderful eye for cultural anachronisms and uncovers colonial remains in the form of white enclaves in Third World settings. His six subcultural portraits follow a similar pattern (which by no means detracts from their appeal), personalized by his subjects' discussions of their peculiar insider/outsider position. The opening chapter takes Orizio to Sri Lanka, where he contacts the remnants of the Dutch community, a group that originally arrived some 400 years ago with the Dutch East India Company and, for whatever...


The Cambridge Encyclopedia of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan and the Maldives (Cambridge World Encyclopedias)
Francis Robinson (Editor)
0521334519


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From Library Journal
A compendium of social science and humanistic information on South Asia presented in an intelligent and beautifully illustrated volume. The book is organized into major divisions of land, peoples, history, economics, religions, society, and culture. Robinson brilliantly coordinates the contributions of 70 Indic authorities from India, the United Kingdom, and the United States. From one author to another, the prose is consistent, has little overlap, and is richly illustrated with maps, figures, and tables. Each article is from four to six pages in length and is followed by a brief list of readings which are up to date and represent the best available studies. Despite the conflicts present in the area's history, politics, and religion, the treatment of each is balanced. This reference tool is the best availabe...


Concise History of Buddhism
Andrew Skilton
0904766926
March 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
Buddhism is a widely diverse religion, with many traditions handed down through the centuries. The newcomer seeking to understand the sometimes contradictory spiritual texts can find it daunting. A Buddhist and professor at Oxford University now unravels these varied religious threads and creates a wonderfully clear and compact look at Buddhist history. From the ancient Indian context to Buddhism in countries beyond, from the Mahayana sutras to Tantra, it presents an account of the religion's development up through the 19th century, its doctrines and its schools. But the study also covers the context in which Buddhism developed, the external events that had an impact on the religion. Using the most recent scholarship available, it reflects on the Buddha and his teachings, the paths to awakening, the development in the...

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