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The Sri Lanka Reader: History, Culture, Politics Edited by John Clifford Holt (review)

The Sri Lanka Reader: History, Culture, Politics Edited by John Clifford Holt (review) journal of world history, september 2013 The Sri Lanka Reader: History, Culture, Politics. Edited by john clifford holt. Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 2011. 792 pp. $109.95 (cloth); $34.95 (paper). This review can be summarized in two statements. First, this is a must-have book for all Sri Lankan scholars. Second, given the number of important scholars missing, one feels the need for a second parallel reader. The book was put together by John Holt, and it probably entailed much pondering and hair-pulling over what to include and what to exclude. It is divided up into five sections: "From Ancient to Modern" (106 pp.); "The Colonial Encounter" (195 pp.); "Emerging Identities" (258 pp.); "Independence, Insurrections, and Social Change" (119 pp.); and "Political Epilogue" (18 pp.). The sections are organized temporally. The strengths of this book are that the articles are short, direct, and well written. One does not have to labor through jargon and convoluted arguments. I begin my overall assessment of the book with negatives and then work to the positives. My assessments are shaped by my career as an anthropologist who has worked in "village Sri Lanka." Village Sri Lanka, the everyday life of Sri Lankans, is http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of World History University of Hawai'I Press

The Sri Lanka Reader: History, Culture, Politics Edited by John Clifford Holt (review)

Journal of World History , Volume 24 (3)

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journal of world history, september 2013 The Sri Lanka Reader: History, Culture, Politics. Edited by john clifford holt. Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 2011. 792 pp. $109.95 (cloth); $34.95 (paper). This review can be summarized in two statements. First, this is a must-have book for all Sri Lankan scholars. Second, given the number of important scholars missing, one feels the need for a second parallel reader. The book was put together by John Holt, and it probably entailed much pondering and hair-pulling over what to include and what to exclude. It is divided up into five sections: "From Ancient to Modern" (106 pp.); "The Colonial Encounter" (195 pp.); "Emerging Identities" (258 pp.); "Independence, Insurrections, and Social Change" (119 pp.); and "Political Epilogue" (18 pp.). The sections are organized temporally. The strengths of this book are that the articles are short, direct, and well written. One does not have to labor through jargon and convoluted arguments. I begin my overall assessment of the book with negatives and then work to the positives. My assessments are shaped by my career as an anthropologist who has worked in "village Sri Lanka." Village Sri Lanka, the everyday life of Sri Lankans, is

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