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British Governors and Colonial Policy in Sri Lanka
MENDIS (Vernon L.B.)

 Sri Lanka, the foremost and richest crown colony of the British Empire, was ruled by a Governor from 1796 to 1948. The Governor's powers varied widely from virtual autocrats in the early period to persons with little power in the later years when the local legislature obtained executive powers. The Governor however throughout maintained his position of pre-eminence in deciding colonial policy. In the early period before the introduction of the telegraph and when a letter to England and back took several months, the Governor was entirely on his own and acted as he pleased. One Governor conquered the Kandyan Kingdom in 1815 without any instructions from England, while several others by their hasty actions provoked rebellions in the country. One was responsible for a disastrous invasion of Kandy in 1803.

The book deals not only with the Governors and their formulations of policy but also the colonial society of which the Governor was the centre and in which his wife also played a role. The personalities of the different Governors are discussed and their impact on colonial policy.

The author, Vernon L.B. Mendis, a diplomat by profession is one who has been interested in Sri Lankan history for many years. He was among the first appointees to the Sri Lanka Overseas Service in 1949, and served in it until his retirement in 1980. During his career, he served in many overseas missions and rose to become the Director General of External Affairs and later High Commissioner in Canada, United Kingdom and Ambassador in France. He was the Secretary General of the Colombo Non-Aligned Summit of 1976. He is now an International Civil Servant.

 

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Ceylon, the Portuguese Era. Volume one
PIERIS (Paul E.)

The arrival of the Portuguese in Sri Lanka in 1505 constitutes an absorbing study in cultural and political conflict in Asia. It was the first direct confrontation of the two thousand year old Sinhala kingdom with a European power. From 1505 till 1658 when they were finally expelled by Dutch, the Portuguese occupied at various times substantial portions of the Maritime Provinces. Many kings and princes as well as ordinary people embraced Catholicism. Others remained faithful to their own religion and the Buddhist kings and fought a series of bitter wars against the Portuguese. The Portuguese have left a permanent influence behind them in Catholicism which today is embraced by alomost a million people in the country. They have left an equally powerful influence on the social life of Sri Lanka, in music, language, dress, food and a variety of other items.

The arrival of the Portuguese and the Dutch and the British after them was for the Sinhalas a blessing in disguise. It postponed for 450 years the two great historical processes which had dominated Sri Lanka's history till the 16th century. One was the expansion of South India into the Island and second the Islamisation of Sri Lanka. With the departure of the European powers these two historical processes now stand renewed.

The history of the Portuguese in Sri Lanka during the entire 150 years of their rule has been recorded only once. This was by Sir Paul E. Pieris in his Portuguese Era published in 1913. The current publication is an unabridged reprint of Paul E. Pieris works with all the maps and illustrations. The work, like the original edition, is in two volumes.

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Ceylon, the Portuguese Era. Volume two
PIERIS (Paul E.)

The arrival of the Portuguese in Sri Lanka in 1505 constitutes an absorbing study in cultural and political conflict in Asia. It was the first direct confrontation of the two thousand year old Sinhala kingdom with a European power. From 1505 till 1658 when they were finally expelled by Dutch, the Portuguese occupied at various times substantial portions of the Maritime Provinces. Many kings and princes as well as ordinary people embraced Catholicism. Others remained faithful to their own religion and the Buddhist kings and fought a series of bitter wars against the Portuguese. The Portuguese have left a permanent influence behind them in Catholicism which today is embraced by alomost a million people in the country. They have left an equally powerful influence on the social life of Sri Lanka, in music, language, dress, food and a variety of other items.

The arrival of the Portuguese and the Dutch and the British after them was for the Sinhalas a blessing in disguise. It postponed for 450 years the two great historical processes which had dominated Sri Lanka's history till the 16th century. One was the expansion of South India into the Island and second the Islamisation of Sri Lanka. With the departure of the European powers these two historical processes now stand renewed.

The history of the Portuguese in Sri Lanka during the entire 150 years of their rule has been recorded only once. This was by Sir Paul E. Pieris in his Portuguese Era published in 1913. The current publication is an unabridged reprint of Paul E. Pieris works with all the maps and illustrations. The work, like the original edition, is in two volumes.

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