170 Pages
    by Routledge

    First published in 1952, Ceylon is a one-volume history of Ceylon, primarily intended for the non-Ceylonese reader who has no special knowledge of Asia. People, places, and dates have been kept to a minimum in the book. The focus has been on the evolution of a nation and the ideas which have influenced its growth.

    The volume outlines the history ranging from pre-historic period through independence in 1948. Beginning with a brief introduction of Ceylon and its people, the author discusses the arrival of the Sinhalese; Tamil invasions; Portuguese and Dutch period; the British conquest from 1795–1815; Kandyan War, Colebrooke Commission and Lord Torrington’s Administration; and the development, consolidation, and the struggle for independence. He concludes with a short essay on Ceylon and the future. This book will appeal to anyone with an interest in the history of Asia and to students and researchers of Asian studies and history.

    Preface 1.  Ceylon and its People  2. The Arrival of the Sinhalese  3. The Tamil Invasions (1017–1505)  4. The Portuguese Period (1505–1658)  5. The Dutch Period (1658–1795)  6. The British Conquest (1795–1815) 7. From the Kandyan War to the Colebrooke Commission (1815–1832)  8. From the Colebrooke Commission to Lord Torrington’s Administration (1833–50)  9. Development (1850–77)  10. Consolidation (1877–1918)  11. The Struggle for Independence (1918–48)  12. Ceylon and the Future


    Sydney D. Bailey was an English author, pacifist, and expert on international affairs. He worked at and was head of the Quaker United Nations Office during the 1950s. He devoted his life to the study of the United Nations and peacemaking.