Professor KM de Silva’s Publications

Born in 1931 — on 31st December no less — Kingsley Muthumuni de Silva, is still batting … with a pen. This compilation has been assembled by Iranga de Silva of ICES Kandy…. and is arranged in reverse chronological sequence.

Publications: Books

2018    Sri Lanka: The Recent Past, Brief Essays on History and Politics, ICES, Kandy

2017   The Island Story: A Short History of Sri Lanka, ICES, Kandy.

2017   The Making of a Historian: A Memoir, ICES, Kandy.

2016  DS: The Life of D.S. Senanayake (1884-1952): Sri Lanka’s First Prime Minister 1948-52, A Political Biography, ICES, Kandy.

2016   Sri Lanka: Come Wind, Come Weather, A Political History of Sri Lanka since Independence in Narrative Form, Volume Two, ICES, Kandy.

2015    Sri Lanka: Come Wind, Come Weather, A Political History of Sri Lanka since Independence in Narrative Form, Volume One, ICES, Kandy.

2015   Editor of Ethnic Conflict in Buddhist Societies in South and Southeast Asia: The Politics behind Religious Rivalries, ICES, Kandy, 2015.

2012     Sri Lanka and the Defeat of the LTTE, Penguin, New Delhi, India.

2005   A History of Sri Lanka, Penguin Books, New Delhi, India.

1998  Reaping the Whirlwind: Ethnic Conflict, Ethnic Politics in Sri Lanka, Penguin Books, New Delhi. 

1997    Editor of a two-part volume of documents on Sri Lanka in the British Documents on the End of Empire series Part I – The Second World War and the Soulbury Commission 1939-1945, Part II – Towards Independence 1945-1948 published by the Stationery Office for the Institute of Commonwealth Studies in the University of London.

1995   Regional Powers & Small State Security: India & Sri Lanka, 1977-90, Woodrow Wilson Center Press and the Johns Hopkins University Press, Washington D.C.

Editor and part author, The University of Peradeniya, History of Sri Lanka, Vol. II (from c1500 to c1800), Peradeniya.

1994     Co-author (with Howard Wriggins) J R Jayewardene of Sri Lanka: A Political Biography, Vol. II (from 1956 to his retirement), The University of Hawaii Press, Honolulu and Leo Cooper Publishers, London.

1993  Editor and part author, Sri Lanka: Problems of Governance, Konark Publishers, Delhi.

1988  Co-author (with Howard Wriggins), J. R. Jayewardene of Sri Lanka: A Political Biography, Vol. I, 1906‑1956, the University of Hawaii Press, Honolulu and Quartet Books, London.

JRJ BOOK

1986    Managing Ethnic Tensions in Multi‑Ethnic Societies: Sri Lanka 1880‑1985, University Press of America, Lanham, Md.

1981   A History of Sri Lanka, C. Hurst & Co., London and University of California Press, Berkeley and Oxford University Press, Delhi.

Editor and part author, Universal Franchise, 1931‑1981: The Sri Lankan Experience, Department of Information, Colombo.

1977  Editor and part author, Sri Lanka: A Survey, C. Hurst & Co., London, and University of Hawaii Press.

1973  Editor and part author of The University of Ceylon, History of Ceylon, Vol. III (from the beginning of the 19th century to 1948), Colombo

1965   Social Policy and Missionary Organizations in Ceylon, 1840‑1855, Longmans, Green Co., London, for the Royal Commonwealth Society, Vol. XXVI in the Imperial Studies Series.

Monographs

2009   Editor Violent Conflict, Terrorism and Nation-Building: National and International Responses in Sri Lanka and Other South Asian Countries, ICES, Kandy.

2007   Sri Lanka’s Troubled Inheritance, ICES, Kandy.

2003   Author with G.H. Peiris Managing Group Grievances and Internal Conflict: Sri Lanka Country Report, Netherlands Institute of International Relations, Clingendael Conflict Research Unit, Netherlands.

2002  Editor with G. H. Peiris and S. W. R. de A. Samarasinghe, Corruption in South Asia: India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, ICES, Kandy.

2000 Editor and part author with G. H. Peiris, Pursuit of Peace in Sri Lanka: Past Failures and Future Prospects, Colombo (in association with the United States Institute of Peace, Washington D.C.)

2000 Editor of Conflict and Violence in South Asia: Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, ICES, Kandy.

1997  Editor with Tissa Jayatilaka and part author, Peradeniya: Memories of a University, International Centre for Ethnic Studies, Kandy.

1995  Editor (with G. H. Peiris) and part author, The University System of Sri Lanka: Vision and Reality, Macmillan, Delhi.

1994  “The Traditional Homelands of the Tamils.” Separatist Ideology in Sri Lanka: A Historical Appraisal, International Centre for Ethnic Studies, Occasional Papers No. 4. (revised Second Edition)

1993    Editor (with S. W. R. de A. Samarasinghe) and part author, Peace Accords and Ethnic Conflict, Pinter Publishers, London.

1991  Editor (with R. J. May) and part author, Internationalization of Ethnic Conflict, Pinter Publishers, London.

1990  Editor (with Sirima Kiribamune and C. R. de Silva) and part author, Asian Panorama, Vikas, New Delhi, (for the International Association of Historians of Asia).

1988  Editor (with Pensri Duke, Ellen S Goldberg, Nathan Katz) and part author, Ethnic Conflict in Buddhist Societies: Sri Lanka, Thailand and Burma, Pinter Publishers, London and Westview Press, Boulder, Colorado.

1987  Separatist Ideology in Sri Lanka: A Historical Appraisal of the Claim for the “Traditional Homelands” of the Tamils of Sri Lanka, International Centre for Ethnic Studies, Occasional Papers No.1.

1986  Religion, Nationalism and the State in Modern Sri Lanka, University of South Florida.  Monographs in Religion and Public Policy (No.1).

1965  Letters on Ceylon, 1846-50: The Administration of Viscount Torrington and the `Rebellion’ of 1848: The Private Correspondence of the Third Earl Grey Secretary of State for the Colonies (1846-52), and Viscount Torrington, K V G de Silva & Sons, Kandy.

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ARTICLES

2020   “Breaking the Mould in Economic Policy in Sri Lanka”, Understanding Transition in South Asia: Economy Politics and Society (Essays in Honour of Professor Partha S. Ghosh)

2011   “Sri Lanka: Reconciliation and Reconstruction After the Defeat of the LTTE”, India Quarterly

2008  “Sri Lanka’s Electoral System and Electoral Machinery 1931-2004: A Historical and Political Analysis,” in Dushyantha Mendis (ed.), Electoral Processes and Governance in South Asia, Sage, New Delhi.

2006 “Sri Lanka:  National Identity and the Impact of Colonialism,” in Identity and Difference: Essays on Society and Culture in Sri Lanka, John Clifford Holt and P. B. Meegaskumbura (eds), Kandy, Intercollegiate Sri Lanka Educational Program (ISLE).

2005  “Ivor Jennings and Sri Lanka’s Passage to Independence,” Asia Pacific Law Review, Vol. 13, No. 1, pp1-18.

2004    “Terrorism and Political Agitation in Post-Colonial South Asia: Jammu-Kashmir and Sri Lanka,” in Ramesh Thakur and Oddny Wiggen (eds), South Asia in the World: Problem Solving Perspectives on Security, Sustainable Development, and Good Governance, Tokyo, United Nations University Press, pp 84-103.

2003   “Religion, Secularism and the State in Sri Lanka: A Historical Survey,” Ethnic Studies Report, Vol. XX1, No. 1, pp 1-41.

2002  “Sri Lanka: Elections and After: Opportunity to Restore Stability,” Economic and Political Weekly, March 2, pp 838-843.

“Introduction,” Corruption in South Asia: India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka edited by K. M. de Silva, G. H. Peiris and S. W. R. de A. Samarasinghe, Kandy, ICES.

“Sri Lanka’s Prolonged Ethnic Conflict: Negotiating a Settlement” in International Negotiation, Special Issue edited by William Zartman, Vol. 6, pp 437-469.

“Corruption in Sri Lanka: The National Legislature, 1938 to 2001,” Corruption in South Asia: India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka edited by K. M. de Silva, G. H. Peiris and S. W. R. de A. Samarasinghe, Kandy, ICES.

2001  

“Ethnicity and Conflict in South Asia,” International Studies, Vol. 38, No.1, pp 53-77.

“Colonial Expansion and Demographic Change: The British and Russian Experience,” Ethnic Studies Report, Vol. XIX, No. 2, pp 155-177.

“Profile: Sri Lanka” in John Darby, The Effects of Violence on Peace Processes, United States Institute of Peace, Washington, DC, pp 27-36.

“Grappling with the Past, Coping with the Present, Thinking of the Future: Culture, Tradition and Modernisation in Sri Lanka” in South Asian Survey 8:(2), 2001, New Delhi, Sage Publications, pp 261-275.

“Ethnicity and Governance in the Third World: Case Studies from South and Southeast Asia—Sri Lanka and Malaysia” in Ethnicity and Governance in the Third World edited by John Mukum Mbaku, Pita Ogaba Agbese and Mwangi S. Kimenyi, Aldershot, Ashgate, pp 251-293.

“The Sri Lankan Imbroglio,” India International Centre Quarterly, Monsoon Issue.

               2000 

Sri Lanka: Flawed Presidential Election, Harbinger of More Trouble Ahead,” Economic and Political Weekly, January 22, pp 178-81.

The Problems of Governance in Sri Lanka: The Subversion of a Democratic Electoral Process,South Asian Survey, 7(2), pp 227-245.

“Sri Lanka’s Ethnic Conflict and the Long Search for its Resolution, 1979-1999” in K. M. de Silva and G. H. Peiris (eds.) Pursuit of Peace in Sri Lanka: Past Failures and Future Prospects, pp 11-86.

“Sri Lanka: From Demilitarisation to Militarisation” in K. M. de Silva and G. H. Peiris (eds), Pursuit of Peace in Sri Lanka: Past Failures and Future Prospects, pp 131-162.

“The Federal Option and its Alternatives,” Pursuit of Peace in Sri Lanka: Past Failures and Future Prospects, pp 203-229.

“Separatism and Political Violence in Sri Lanka” in K. M. de Silva (ed.) Conflicts and Violence in South Asia, pp 379-430.

“The Working of Democracy in South Asia,” Chapter 3 in V. A. Pai Panandiker (ed.), Problems of Governance in South Asia, Centre for Policy Research, Delhi, pp 46-88.

    1999       

“Sri Lanka: The Bandaranaikes in the Island’s Politics and Public Life,” The Round Table, Vol. 88, Issue 350, April, pp 241-80.

“The Practice of Democracy in South Asia” in V. A. Pai Panandiker (ed.), The Problems of Governance in South Asia, Centre for Policy Research, Delhi.

“SAARC and the Future of South Asia: A View from the Periphery,” South Asia Quarterly, India International Centre, Delhi.

“Ceylon/Sri Lanka,” Chapter 14 in Robin Winks (ed.), Oxford History of the British Empire, Vol. V, pp 243-252, Oxford, England.

Sri Lanka: Ethnic Conflict and the Search for a Durable Peace, 1978-1999,” Ethnic Studies Report, XVII (2), pp 301-344.

“The European Community and ASEAN: Lessons for SAARC,” South Asia Survey, Sage, Delhi, 6(2) pp 271-282.

                  1998      

“Sri Lanka: Electoral Politics and the Resilience of Democracy” in John M. Richardson Jr and S. W. R. de A. Samarasinghe (eds), Democratisation in South Asia: The First Fifty Years, ICES, Kandy,  pp 163-185.

“Religion and Nationalism in Nineteenth Century Sri Lanka: Christian Missionaries and Their Critics” – A Review Article, Ethnic Studies Report (hereafter ESR), Vol. XVI, No.1, pp 103-138.

        1997     

“Electoral Systems” in Ethnic Diversity and Public Policy: A Comparative Inquiry, Crawford Young (ed.), Houndsmith, Macmillan, UK, pp 72-107.

“Case Study: Sri Lanka” in Peter Harris and Ben Reilly (eds), Democracy and Deep Rooted Conflict: Options for Negotiators, Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance, Stockholm (Handbook Series 3), pp 225-233.

“Multiculturalism in Sri Lanka: Historical Legacy and Contemporary Political Reality,” ESR, Vol. XV, No. 1,  pp 1-44.

“Affirmative Action Policies – The South and South-East Asian Experience” (Editor’s Introduction), ESR, Vol. XV, No.2, pp 129-133.

“Affirmative Action Policies: The Sri Lankan Experience,” ESR, Vol. XV, No. 2, pp 245-286.

The Origins of Sri Lanka’s Press 1802-1850 and “The Taming of Sri Lanka’s National Press 1960-1974” in G. H. Peiris (ed.), Studies on the Press in Sri Lanka and South Asia, ICES, Kandy, pp 107-147 and 241-263.

Sri Lanka: Background to Ethnic Conflict in a Functioning Democracy” in Michele Schmiegelow (ed.), Democracy in Asia, Campus Verlag, Frankfurt, and St. Martin’s Press, New York, pp 399-426.

          1996      

“Sir James Emerson Tennent: Colonial Administrator and Historian,” Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society of Sri Lanka, New Series, Vol. XLI, Special Number.

Ethnicity, Nationalism and Conflict in South Asia,South Asia (Journal of South Asian  Studies, Australia) new series, Vol. XIX, No. 2, pp 133-148.

“Language, Ethnicity and Politics in South Asia” (Editor’s Introduction), ESR, Vol. XIV, No.1,  pp 1-10.           

“Coming Full Circle: The Politics of Language in Sri Lanka, 1943-1996,” ESR, Vol. XIV, No.1, pp 11-48.

“Ethnicity and Nationalism” and “Conflict Resolution in South Asia” in Luc van de Goor et.al., (eds), Between Development and Destruction: An Enquiry into the Causes of Conflict in Post-colonial States,” Macmillan Press, London, pp 109-125 and 298-320.

A Documentary Survey with an Introduction, Devolution in Sri Lanka: S W R D Bandaranaike and the Debate on Power Sharing, ICES Occasional Papers Series-5.

Sri Lanka: Ethnic Conflict and Conflict Management (ICES Pamphlet Series – 1).

                        1995    

The High-Politics of the Transfer of Power in Sri Lanka: 1942-1946,Sesquicentennial Commemorative Volume of the Royal Asiatic Society of Sri Lanka, 1845-1995, pp 487-520.

“Introduction” and “Conclusion” in The University of Peradeniya, History of Sri Lanka, Vol. II (from c1500 to c1800), Peradeniya, pp 1-10 and pp 553-566.

            1994           

“Conflict Resolution in South Asia,” International Journal on Group Rights, 1, pp 247-267.

“Buddhism, Politics and Violent Ethnic Conflict in Modern Sri Lanka,” ESR, Vol. XII, No. 2, pp 222-257.

           1993   

“Ethnicity, Language and Politics: The Making of Sri Lanka’s Official Language Act  No.33 of 1956,” ESR, Vol. XI, No.1, pp 1-29.

“The Making of the Indo-Sri Lanka Accord: The Final Phase: June-July 1989” in K. M. de Silva and S. W. R. de A. Samarasinghe (eds), Peace Accords and Ethnic Conflict, Pinter Publishers, London, pp 112-152.

           1992    

“The Prelude to the Indo-Sri Lanka Accord of July 1987,” ESR, Vol. X, No.1, pp 1-16.

Ethnic Conflict, The Search for Peace, and the Development Process, Center for Advanced Study of International Development (CASID) Distinguished Speaker series, No.11, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, USA.

              1991    

Indo-Sri Lanka Relations, 1975‑89: A Study in the Internationalization of Ethnic Conflict” in K. M. de Silva and R. J. May (eds), Internationalization of Ethnic Conflict, Pinter Publishers, London, pp 76‑106.

               1990  

“Separatism in Sri Lanka: The “Traditional Homelands” of the Tamils” in R. Premdas et.al., (eds), Secessionist Movements in Comparative Perspective, Pinter Publishers, London, pp 32‑47.

              1989        

“History of Sri Lanka” in Frances Robinson (ed.), The Cambridge Encyclopedia of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan and the Maldives, Cambridge University Press, pp 147‑154.

“Decentralization and Regionalism in the Management of Sri Lanka’s Ethnic Conflict,” International Journal of Group Tensions, 19(4), pp 317‑338.

         1988       

Buddhist Revivalism, Nationalism and Politics in Modern Sri Lanka” in James Warner Bjorkman (ed.), Fundamentalism, Revivalists and Violence in South Asia, Manohar, New Delhi, pp 107‑158.

“Introduction ‑ Ethnic Conflict in Buddhist Societies: Sri Lanka, Thailand and Burma” in K. M. de Silva, Pensri Duke, Ellen S. Goldberg, Nathan Katz (eds), Ethnic Conflict in Buddhist Societies: Sri Lanka, Thailand and Burma, Pinter Publishers, London and Westview Press, Boulder, Colorado, pp 1‑3.

“Nationalism and the State in Sri Lanka,” ibid., pp 62‑76.

Sri Lanka’s Muslim Minorities,” ibid., pp 202‑214.

 “Sir Ponnambalam Arunachalam,” published in the Law and Society Trust Lectures Series XI, pp 1‑48.

           1987      

“Sri Lanka” (An outline history) in Ainslie Embree (ed.), Encyclopedia of Asian History, 4 Volumes, Columbia University Press, pp 1‑9.

Also short entries on Anuradhapura, Dambadeniya, Devanampiya Tissa, Dharmapala Dom Joao, Elara, Robert Knox, Kotte, Kurunegala, Mahasen, Mahavamsa, Mahinda, Parakramabahu I, Parakramabahu II, Peradeniya, Polonnaruva, Rohana, Serendib, Sigiriya, Veddas, Vijayabahu I, ibid.

         1986    

“The Muslim Minority in a Democratic Polity: The Case of Sri Lanka” in M. A. M. Shukri (ed.), Muslims of Sri Lanka: Avenues to Antiquity, Jamiah Naleemia Institute, Beruwala, pp 443-451.

“Muslim Leaders and the Nationalist Movement,” ibid., pp 453-472.

               1984     

“University Admissions and Ethnic Tension in Sri Lanka, 1977‑82” in Robert B. Goldmann and A. Jeyaratnam Wilson (eds), From Independence to Statehood: Managing Ethnic Conflict in Five African and Asian States, Frances Pinter, London.

“A University Grants Commission in a South Asian Setting: The Sri Lanka Experience” in  Higher Education, 13 (5), pp 553‑568.

            1982              

“The Model Colony:  Reflections on the Transfer of Power in Sri Lanka” in A. J. Wilson and D. Dalton (eds), The States of South Asia, C Hurst, London, pp 77‑88.

1981-1996           Contributor: annual introductory essay on the Universities of Sri Lanka to the Handbook of the Commonwealth Universities Association, London.

            1981    

“Some Early Pioneers in the Agitation for Elective Representation” in K. M. de Silva (ed.), Universal Franchise 1931‑1981: The Sri Lankan Experience, op.cit., pp 1‑18.

“Constitutional Reform and Elective Representation in the 1920s,” ibid., pp 29‑45.

“The Introduction of Universal Suffrage,” ibid., pp 48‑62.

“The Minorities and Universal Suffrage,” ibid., pp 75‑92.

           1979        

“Political and Constitutional Change in Sri Lanka: The UNP Consolidates its Position,” Round Table, January, pp 49‑57.

“A Tale of Three Constitutions,” The Ceylon Journal of Historical and Social Studies, (CJHSS) n.s. Vol. VII (2), pp 1‑17.

From Elite Status to Beleaguered Minority: The Christians in Twentieth Century Sri Lanka” in Asie Du Sud, Traditions et Changements, Paris, pp 347‑352.

Resistance Movements in Nineteenth Century Sri Lanka” in Michael Roberts (ed.), Collective Identities, Nationalisms and Protest in Modern Sri Lanka, Marga Institute, Colombo, pp 129‑152.

The Transfer of Power in Sri Lanka: A Review of British Perspectives, 1938‑1947,” ibid., pp 420‑437.

             1978    

“The Universities and Government in Sri Lanka” in Minerva, XVI (2), pp 251‑272.

“History and Historians in Modern Sri Lanka” in The Sri Lanka Journal of Social Sciences, 1(2), pp 1‑12.

“Christian Missions in Sri Lanka and Their Response to Nationalism, 1910‑1948” in P. L. Prematilleke, K Indrapala, and J. E. van Lohuizen‑de Leeuw (eds), Senarat Paranavitana Commemoration Volume, Studies in South Asian Culture, V, pp 221‑233, Leiden, for Institute for South Asian Archaeology, University of Amsterdam.

                1977   

“Historical Survey” in Sri Lanka: A Survey, op.cit., pp 31‑85.

“The Constitution and Constitutional Reforms since 1948,” ibid., pp 312‑329.

“Religion,” with K Malalgoda, ibid., pp 379‑402.

1976-to-date ….  Contributor: annual section on Sri Lanka’s history and current political events to the Europa Publications annual, Australasia and the Far East.

          1976           

“Discrimination in Sri Lanka” in W. A. Veenhoven (ed.), Case Studies on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms: A World Survey, Martinus Nijhoff, The Hague, Vol. III, pp 71‑119.

         1974    

“The 1848 “Rebellion” in Ceylon: The British Parliamentary Post‑Mortem; Part 1,” Modern Ceylon Studies, Vol. V, No.1, pp 40‑76.

“The Trial and Execution of Kadahapola Kuda Unanse: An Episode in the “Rebellion” of 1848” in K Indrapala (ed.), James Thevanasan Rutnam Felicitation Volume, pp 76‑88.

“Sri Lanka in 1948,”  CJHSS,  n.s. Vol. IV, pp 1‑7.

The Transfer of Power in Sri Lanka ‑ A Review of British Perspectives,” CJHSS, ibid., pp 8‑19.

“Nationalism and its Impact,” CJHSS, ibid., pp 62‑72.

The 1848 “Rebellion” in Ceylon: The British Parliamentary Post‑Mortem: Part II,” Modern Ceylon Studies, Vol. V (ii), pp 117‑137.

“Sri Lanka’s First Decade of Independence: Phase II in the Transfer of Power,” Verfassung und Recht in Ubersee, VIII (3 & 4), pp 331‑334.

         1973     

“The Ceylon National Congress in Disarray 11: The Triumph of Sir William Manning, 1921‑1924,CJHSS, n.s., Vol.111, No.2, pp 16‑39.

The following articles in University of Ceylon, History of Ceylon‑ Vol. III, op.cit.

Part I,  Chapter  I    –   The Coming of the British to Ceylon, pp 1‑11.

Part I, Chapter II     –   The Kandyan Kingdom and the British – The Last Phase, 1796 to 1818, pp 12‑33.

Part I, Chapter V    –   Religion and the State in the Early Nineteenth Century, pp 66‑76.

Part II, Chapter V   –   The Government and Religion: Problems and Policies, c1832 to c1910, pp 187‑212 .

Part II, Chapter VI  –   The Development of the Administrative System, 1832 to 1910, pp 213‑225.

Part II, Chapter VII –   The Legislative Council in the Nineteenth Century, pp 226‑248.

Part II, Chapter VIII –  Nineteenth Century Origins of Nationalism in Ceylon, pp 249‑26l.

Part III, Chapter IV –  Section 1: The Administration of Justice, 1796 to 1948 ‑ The Courts, pp 317‑326.

Part IV,  Chapter II   –  The Reform and Nationalist Movements in the Early Twentieth Century, pp 381‑407.

Part IV, Chapter VIII- The History and Politics of the Transfer of Power, pp 489‑533.

                  1972   

“Christian Missions in the Age of Asian-African Nationalism” Review Article in CJHSS n.s. Vol.11, pp 88-90.

“Sri Lanka (Ceylon): The New Republican Constitution,” Verfassung und Recht in Ubersee, 3 Heft, 3 Quartrel 1972, pp 239-249.

The Ceylon National Congress in Disarray 1 1920-1921: Sir Ponnambalam Arunachalam Leaves the Congress,” CJHSS n.s., Vol.11, No.1,pp 97-117.

        1970   

The Formation and Character of the Ceylon National Congress, 1917-1919,” CJHSS, Vol.10, pp 70-102.

               1969   

“The Influence of the Evangelical Movement on Education in Ceylon,” Chapter 32 of The Centenary Volume of the Department of Education, (1969) Part II, Chapter 32, pp 375-385.

          1967  

“The Third Earl Grey and the Maintenance of an Imperial Policy on the Sale of Crown Lands in Ceylon, c1832-1852,” Journal of Asian Studies, Vol. XXVII, No.1, pp 5-20.

“The Abortive Project of a Land-Tax for Ceylon, 1846-8: A Study in British Land Policy in Ceylon,” Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society (Ceylon Branch), Vol. XI, pp 46-77.

            1966   

“Tennent and Indian Immigration to Ceylon, 1846-7,” CJHSS, Vol. 9, No.1, pp 73-80.

“Arthur Hamilton Gordon, A Nineteenth Century Colonial Administrator.”  A Review Article, CJHSS, Vol. 9, No.1, pp 93-97.

“The Private Correspondence of the Third Earl Grey and C. J. MacCarthy – Letters on the “Rebellion” of 1848 in Ceylon,” Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society (Ceylon Branch), Vol. X, pp 29-88.

            1960-1961      

“Social Policy in Ceylon, 1840-55, with special reference to the Influence of Missionary Organizations,” The Bulletin of the Institute of Historical Research, University of London, CJHSS, Vol. XXXV, No. 92, pp 231-233, a summary of thesis.

“Indian Immigration to Ceylon – The First Phase c1840-1855,” CJHSS, Vol. 4, July-December 1961, pp 106-137.

“The Development of British Policy on Temple Lands in Ceylon, 1840-55,” The Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society (Ceylon Branch), New Series, (1963), pp 312-329.

“W M G Colebrooke: Two Unpublished Memoranda,” The University of Ceylon Review, Vol. XXXI, No.1, pp 153-185.

Studies in British Land Policy in Ceylon 1 – The Evolution of Ordinance 12 of 1840 and 9 of 1841,” CJHSS, Vol. 7, No.1, January-June 1964, pp 28-42.

“The “Rebellion” of 1848 in Ceylon,CJHSS, Vol. 7, No. 2, July-December 1964, pp 144-170.

              1959   

“The Colebrooke-Cameron Reforms,” A Review Article, CJHSS, Vol. 2, pp 245-256.

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Professor De Silva’s Career and Positions

1991                 DLitt (University of London)

1959 October-1961 July =      PhD, School of  Oriental  and  African  Studies,  University  of  London.

1951‑1955  =     Bachelor of Arts, University of Ceylon, Peradeniya, Sri Lanka.  First Class Honours in History 1955; and two prizes, the Mabel Jayasuriya Prize and Corbett Prize for the Best Student in History; The Arts Scholarship of the University of Ceylon for the best performance at the BA degree examination of 1955.

      Honorary Titles

2017  =  Deshamanya Presidential Award

      Positions

2017 May            Chancellor, University of Peradeniya

2012-todate         Director, International Centre for Ethnic Studies, Kandy/Colombo

2005-2008           Chairman, International Centre for Ethnic Studies, Kandy/ Colombo

1998 Dec.            Emeritus Professor, University of Peradeniya

1969-1995           Foundation Professor of History of Sri Lanka, University of Ceylon, Peradeniya, later University of Peradeniya.

1967‑1969           Senior Lecturer in History, University of Ceylon, Peradeniya.

1961‑1967           Lecturer in History, University of Ceylon, Peradeniya.

1957‑1961           Assistant Lecturer in History, University of Ceylon, Peradeniya.

1970 -1995          Editor-in-Chief, University of Ceylon, History of Ceylon, Volumes II and III.

1982-2005           Executive Director, International Centre for Ethnic Studies, Kandy.

1985‑1989           Vice‑Chairman, University Grants Commission, Sri Lanka.

1979‑1989           Member, University Grants Commission, Sri Lanka.

1986‑1988           President, International Association of Historians of Asia.

1980‑1986 , and  … 1988-1994           Vice-President for South Asia of the International Association of Historians of Asia.

1977‑1989           Director, Bank of Ceylon.

1979‑1980           Member, Presidential Commission on Development Councils.

1992-1996           Member of the Editorial Board, International Journal of Group Rights, (Holland).

1990-to-date        Board of Editorial Advisors, The Round Table, (London).

1984-2008           Editor, Ethnic Studies Report, bi-annual journal of the International Centre for Ethnic Studies.

1962-1980          Editor and Managing Editor, Ceylon Journal of Historical and Social Studies (CJHSS).

1962-1986           Ceylon–Sri Lanka correspondent to the Parliamentarian, the Journal of the Parliaments of the Commonwealth published by the Commonwealth Association, London.

Academic Distinctions

2002 Sep.            Laureate, The Fukuoka Asian Culture Prize

1995 Sep.            Visiting Scholar, Bellagio Study and Conference Centre, Bellagio, Italy.

1993-1997           Editor of the volume on Sri Lanka in The Transfer of Power in Sri Lanka, 1939‑1948 in the British Documents on the End of Empire series sponsored by the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London, and the British Academy.  Publishers, The Stationery Office, London, (formerly Her Majesty’s Stationery Office).

1993 June            Member of the Faculty of the Salzburg Seminar, Austria. Session 305 on Ethnicity and Ethnic Conflict Worldwide.

1992-1993           Member, International Advisory Committee on Ethnicity and Ethnic Conflict at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington D.C.

1991‑1992           Fellow, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington D.C.

1985‑1986           Fulbright Scholar‑in‑Residence and Professor of South Asian History, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine, USA.

1976‑1977           Commonwealth Visiting Professor, Department of Government, University of Manchester.

1968‑1969           Visiting Fellow of Clare Hall, Cambridge.

1968‑1969           Smuts Visiting Fellow in Commonwealth Studies at the University of  Cambridge.

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2 responses to “Professor KM de Silva’s Publications

  1. A well-presented document arranged by Iranga de Silva, on the distinctive profile of a celebrity-academic of Sri Lankan origin, Prof. K. M. de Silva. He has been a scholar that I have quoted and requoted in many of my own work. Thanking for his erudition, the careful investigative material he deploys and the daring way how he presents as a historian has been commendable. Glad to be part of your Alma Mater too, SOAS, but for me in the late 1990s.

  2. Chandra Wickramasinghe

    Thank you Mike. He was a brilliant lecturer. Good to learn that he is still around and active with the pen. Cheers. Chandra

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