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J.R. Jayewardene of Sri Lanka : a political biography
De Silva, K. M.
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volumes <1 > : illustrations ; 24 cm
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"First published in the United Kingdom by Anthony Blond/Quartet, 1988"--V. 1, t.p. verso.

"Published works": v.1, p. [329]-330.
v. 1. 1906-1956.
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Central Library DS489.83.J3 D4 1988 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Two close friends of the Sri Lanka prime minister tell how he broke away from his Anglo-Irish-Christian upbringing to embrace his Sinhala heritage and become a nationalist and Buddhist. This first volume follows his career to age fifty, and a major political defeat, in 1956. Contains a glossary and biographical notes on people mentioned. Annotation(c) 2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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The first volume of this political biography of Sri Lanka's former president covers Jayawardene's first 50 years. De Silva, a highly respected historian who has written authoritatively about his country, has presented a study that is impressively researched (including many hours of interviews with his friend J.R.) and carefully crafted. De Silva persuasively demonstrates how elitist forces, Buddhism, nationalism, the strategy of the Indian National Congress for swaraj, political moderation, and pragmatism all influenced J.R.'s personal development and political career. This well-written, favorable account demands close reading but the effort is well rewarded. The book should be read in conjunction with De Silva's A History of Sri Lanka (1981) for maximum understanding. Essential for South Asian specialists and those knowledgeable about Sri Lankan complexities. -G. L. Montagno, Mount Union College

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