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Islanded: the British Empire and Sri Lanka

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How did the British come to conquer South Asia? Answers usually start in northern India, not Sri Lanka. This paper considers the arrival of British rule as a dynamic and unfinished process of territorialization and state building, framed by the island’s traditions and maritime placement.’Islanding’ recycled traditions the British learned from Kandy, a kingdom in the Sri Lankan highlands whose customs fascinated the British.

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