Thoroughly Modern Revolutionaries: The JVP in Sri Lanka

  title={Thoroughly Modern Revolutionaries: The JVP in Sri Lanka},
  author={Mick Moore},
  journal={Modern Asian Studies},
  pages={593 - 642}
  • M. Moore
  • Published 1 July 1993
  • History
  • Modern Asian Studies
The JVP (Janatha Vikmuthi Peramuna—the People's Liberation Front) first came to the attention of the world outside Sri Lanka when it launched an abortive insurrection in 1971. In 1987, the JVP made another bid to come to power by force of arms. The insurrection of 1987–1989 was better-prepared and more deeply-rooted than that of 1971; the human costs and societal consequences of its extirpation were correspondingly greater. Although the JVP came close to achieving state power both in late 1988… 
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