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Sujit Sivasundaram is a university lecturer in World and Imperial History since 1500 at the University of Cambridge and fellow of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. He is the author of Nature and the Godly Empire: Science and Evangelical Mission in the Pacific, 1795-1850. He won a Philip Leverhulme Prize for History in 2012, awarded to young scholars in the United Kingdom for accomplishments in research.

How did the British come to conquer South Asia in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries?

Answers to this question usually start in northern India, neglecting the dramatic events that marked Britain's contemporaneous taking of the island of Sri Lanka. In Islanded, Sujit Sivasundaram reconsiders the arrival of British rule in South Asia as a dynamic and unfinished process of territorialization and state building, revealing that the British colonial project was framed by Sri Lanka's traditions and maritime placement and built in part on the model they provided. Picking up a range of unusual themes, from migration, orientalism, and ethnography to botany, medicine, and education, Islanded is an engaging retelling of the advent of British rule and a theory of colonial impact that speaks to other places that have been lost from dominant histories.

'A wonderful read that calls into question many assumptions on the nature of colonial domination.' - Nira Wickramasinghe, Leiden Univesity

'Sujit Sivasundaram's Islanded is one of the most important historical studies on Sri Lanka in the early colonial period. It deals with the British advent to Sri Lanka in the context of the country's recent past and its strategic location in the Indian Ocean.' - Gananath Obeyesekere, Princeton University

ISBN 978-0-19-809624-0
Author Sujit Sivasundaram
RS. 2,900
Pages: 369
Published by: Perera Hussein Publishing House

Emeritus Professor of Anthropology at Princeton University, Gananath Obeyesekere completed a B.A. in English (1955) at the University of Ceylon, Peradeniya, followed by an M.A. (1958) and Ph.D (1964) at the University of Washington. Obeyesekere held teaching positions at the University of Ceylon, the University of Washington, the University of California, San Diego and has done much work in his home country of Sri Lanka.

A requiem for Sri Vikrama Rajasinha

On 24 Jan 1816, the captured king of Kandy was escorted on board the Cornwallis together with his queens, relatives and servants. Almost a month later, King Sri Vikrama Rajasinha arrives at the Vellore Fort in India, to spend his remaining days in exile. Thus ends the tragic tale of the Doomed King of Lanka.

Using Kadaimpot, vittipot and documents from English servicemen, Gananath Obeysekere reveals a portrait of a king who was much maligned and betrayed by those he trusted. The Doomed King makes for fascinating reading where a master spy, a Machiavellian governor and an opportunistic nobleman together, bring about the fall of the Kandyan Kingdom.

'This book confirms that Obeysekere, probably the most distinguished living anthropologist, remains at the peak of his prodigious scholarly powers.' - Rajeev Bhargava, Professor, CSDS, Delhi

'Essential reading, not only for its accounts of colonial rule in Kandy, but also for providing an example of the long-lasting persistence of historical knowledge that was constructed to justify imperial expansion.' - John Rogers, American Inst of Sri Lankan Studies

ISBN 978-955-7743-02-8
Author Gananath Obeysekere
RS. 1,500
3 In Stock
Pages: 410
Published by: Sailfish

A translation of a manuscript by Eudelin de Jonville who came to the island of Ceylon in 1798

Available in French and English. de Jonville came to Ceylon as a naturalist and a member of the administrative staff recruited by Frederick North, first British governor of the new colony. During the seven years he spent in Ceylon, he travelled, investigated, questioned, counted and measured, drew, painted and above all wrote an astonishing manuscript.

'The co-author Marie-Hèlène Estève of this new book should be congratulated for her painstaking detailed biographical research on this 'most elusive of the naturalist'. In other words Joseph Marie Eudelin Marve de Jonville has re-emerged from this splendid biographical account of Jonville. The book is replete with seven water color drawings and several other black and white drawings' – Hemantha Situge


 



ISBN 978-955-8736-10-4
Author Marie-Helene Esteve, Philippe Fabry
RS. 2,900
10 In Stock
Pages: 215
Published by: Perera Hussein Publishing House

Eric Meyer is presently Head of the South Asia Department at Inalco – Institute of Oriental Studies of the University of Paris, where he teaches South Asian history. He has been visiting Sri Lanka since the early 70s and devoted much of his research activities in the country. He has published many articles and books dealing with the modern history of Sri Lanka.

This book attempts to pinpoint, through a study of the island's past and present histories, what constitutes the basis of its multiple identities, which has been constantly nourished by outside elements and shaped over the past two thousand years.

ISBN 955-8736-07-4
Author Eric Meyer
RS. 1,380
RS. 20
10 In Stock
Pages: 237
Published by: Perera Hussein Publishing House
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