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    The 'Malwana convention' revisited: notes on the Lankan transition to Iberian rule

    Biedermann, Zoltan (2010) The 'Malwana convention' revisited: notes on the Lankan transition to Iberian rule. In: Perera, G. (ed.) The Portuguese in the Orient. Colombo, Sri Lanka: International Centre for Ethnic Studies, pp. 29-48. ISBN 9789555801225.

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    Book synopsis: This is the only volume to be published—so far at least—to mark the 500th anniversary of the advent of the Portuguese to this island and thus its first fateful contact with the West and the colonialism that was to follow. However, its contents are not restricted only to the Portuguese presence in the island but include some aspects of their intervention in other parts of the Estado da Índia as well. Hence the title. The publication consists of contributions on varying aspects of the Portuguese presence made by ten scholars who have specialized in this field. The names of Alan Strathern, Zoltán Biedermann, Chandra R. de Silva, Shihan de Silva Jayasuriya, K.N.O. Dharmadasa and Gaston Perera are well-known for their studies in the area of the Portuguese intervention in Ceylon, as it was then known. The other contributions from Fatima de Silva Gracias, Délio de Mendonça, Stefan Halikowski Smith and Teotonio R. de Souza relate to Goa or India. The contents of the volume present an interesting and varied view of those times. Another look is taken at two important incidents in the history of Ceylon—the “Sinhala” rebellion and the “Malvana” convention. Goa in medieval time is described. Religious conversion and linguistic influence in Ceylon and India are discussed as well as the economics of the trade in horses in the Portuguese Orient.


    Item Type: Book Section
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Empire, Portugal, Sri Lanka, Spain, conquest
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Creative Arts, Culture and Communication
    Depositing User: Zoltan Biedermann
    Date Deposited: 21 Feb 2013 10:53
    Last Modified: 09 Aug 2023 12:32


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