January 19, 2023

World Spotlight: Sri Lanka (Ceylon)

Last Updated on September 11, 2022


Sri Lanka was known as Ceylon prior to 1972. It has a long rich history. Prime Minister Sirimavo Ratwatte Dias was the world’s first woman prime minister, serving three terms: 1960-65, 1970-77, and 1994-2000.

Sri Lanka country study

Sri Lanka – Places in the News April 2009

Sri Lanka timeline BBC

Sri Lanka maps

U.S. veteran oral histories (service in Sri Lanka)

Foreign Affairs Oral History Collection interviews mentioning Sri Lanka

Books, articles and other texts about Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan Authors: The South Asian Literary Recordings Project scroll to the bottom of the page

U.S. legislation related to Sri Lanka

Guide to Law Online: Sri Lanka

Global Legal Monitor articles about Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka primary source set from the World Digital Library

Ceylon primary source set from the World Digital Library

Sri Lanka & Ceylon image set

Ceylon maps

Sheet music related to Ceylon

U.S. historical newspaper coverage of Ceylon through 1922

Books, articles and other texts about Ceylon

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