Alan Strathern

Alan Strathern’s Kingship and Conversion in 16th-Century Sri Lanka: Portuguese Imperialism in a Buddhist Land is out this year. He is a research fellow at Clare Hall, Cambridge.

Diary: a report from Sri Lanka

Alan Strathern, 1 November 2007

A stream of tuk-tuks barred our passage into the lane and we waited in the market for an age before we could get through. Later, we discovered that the police had used the lane as a depot for traffic cleared in the wake of an emergency: several truck-loads of explosives had been found – enough to obliterate most of Colombo, it was suggested – and one cache had been uncovered in...

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