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Islanded: Britain, Sri Lanka, and the Bounds of an Indian Ocean Colony

Sujit Sivasundaram


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 subjugation of the island of Sri Lanka. This book 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 the island's traditions and maritime placement, and built in part on the model they provided. Using palm-leaf manuscripts from Sri ... More

Keywords: South Asia, northern India, Sri Lanka, British rule, territorialization, state building, British colonial project, palm-leaf manuscripts, colonial governance, islanding

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780226038223
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226038360.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sujit Sivasundaram, author