In August, our Sri Lanka blog will begin a series of articles about the monarchs of Sri Lanka. We will not present separate articles for each and every king of Sri Lanka, because many of them reigned only for very short periods or not much is known about them. However, all names will be mentioned, some of them in groups of successive kings reigning in a certain period. But all significant kings of Sri Lanka will be introduced in own articles, particularly those kings that are of interest for historically interested travellers visiting heritage sites.
We hope to present the history of Sri Lanka not in a way that defines it along the lines of an ethnic conflict. There were conflicts between Sinhalese kings and Tamil invaders and occupiers, indeed. But many Sinhalese kings held in high esteem by Buddhists were of Tamil origin. And many invadors were not Tamils, but came from other parts of India, Asia and Europe. On the other hand, Sinhalese kings often used Tamil mercenaries to fight their wars, and these wars were not only fights for independence from India but internal wars with other Sinhalese princes. All in all, “ethnic conflict” is a modern concept starting to play a role not earlier than in the 19th century under British rule. This thesis will be defended by narrating the pre-colonial history of the island in some more detail.
all Sri Lanka blog articles
by region, by topic
and A-Z here...