Zoltán Biedermann. The Portuguese in Sri Lanka and South India: Studies in the History of Diplomacy, Empire and Trade, 1500-1650. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag, 2014. 205 pp. ISBN: 9783447100625. €56.00.
1 See: Tikiri Abeyasinghe, Portuguese Rule in Ceylon 1594-1612 (Colombo, 1966). Sinnappah Arasaratnam, Dutch Power in Ceylon 1658-1687 (New Delhi, 1988); Chandra De Silva, The Portuguese in Ceylon 1617-1638 (Colombo, 1972); K.W. Goonewardena, The Foundation of Dutch Power in Ceylon, 1638-1658 (Amsterdam, 1958); George Winius, The Fatal History of Portuguese Ceylon: Transition to Dutch Rule (Cambridge, 1971).
2 See: K.W. Goonewardena, “Kingship in XVII Century Sri Lanka: Some Concepts, Ceremonies, and other Practices”, in Sri Lanka Journal of the Humanities (Vol. 3, 1977). And more recently: John Holt, The Religious World of Kirti Sri: Buddhism, Art, and Politics of Late Medieval Sri Lanka (Oxford, 1996). For another recent work that reflects this duality in the historiography, see: Alan Strathern, Kingship and Conversion in Sixteenth-Century Sri Lanka: Portuguese Imperialism in a Buddhist Land (Cambridge, 2007).
3 Sanjay Subrahmanyam, “Beyond Incommensurability: Understanding Inter-Imperial Dynamics”, Theory and Research in Comparative Social Analysis 32: 1-30.
4 Ibid., 4 and 13.
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