Renamed Sri Lanka in 1972, Ceylon was the first of Britain's crown colonies in Asia and Africa to become independent. Though it was regarded as a model colony, conflict between the Sinhalese majority and the Tamil minority posed a major obstacle to self-government. Based on material from offical Britih archives, this two-part volume illustrates the complexities in the political and constitutional negotiations which culminated in Ceylon's independence in February 1948. This volume reveals how their island's nationalist leaders insisted that Ceylon's contribution to the war effort be rewarded by a pledge of dominion status. Part 2 of the work records developments up to independence. It reveals how a reluctant labour Cabinet in the UK was ultimately persuaded and also how the independence settlement left the minorities nurturing misgivings.
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Book Description Stationery Office Books, 1997. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0112905595