Sri Lanka--Ethnic Fratricide and the Dismantling of Democracy

  title={Sri Lanka--Ethnic Fratricide and the Dismantling of Democracy},
  author={Stanley Jeyaraja Tambiah},
  • S. Tambiah
  • Published 24 January 1987
  • Political Science
Focusing on the historical events of post-independence Sri Lanka, S. J. Tambiah analyzes the causes of the violent conflict between the majority Sinhalese Buddhists and the minority Tamils. He demonstrates that the crisis is primarily a result of recent societal stresses educational expansions, linguistic policy, unemployment, uneven income distribution, population movements, contemporary uses of the past as religious and national ideology, and trends toward authoritarianism rather than age-old… 
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