Paradise poisoned : learning about conflict, terrorism, and development from Sri Lanka's civil wars / John Richardson.Material type: BookCall no.: DS489.84 .R53 2005Publication: Kandy, Sri Lanka : International Center for Ethnic Studies, 2005Description: xvi, 764 p. : ill., maps.ISBN: 9555800944 (hbk.); 9789555800945 (hbk.).Subject(s): Sri Lanka -- Politics and government -- 1978- | Sri Lanka -- Ethnic relations -- Economic aspects | Sri Lanka -- History -- Civil War, 1983-2009
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Includes bibliographical references (p. -746) and index.
PART 1: ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY: LINKAGES BETWEEN DEADLY CONFLICT, TERRORISM AND DEVELOPMENT -- How could we have come to this? -- Why did Sri Lanka's political differences escalate into protracted, deadly conflicts? -- What is 'successful development' and why does it matter? -- Measuring violent political conflict and state-sanctioned violence in Sri Lanka -- The development-deadly-conflict system -- PART 2: HOMEOSTASIS -- REALITY OR ILLUSTION: WAS SRI LANKA A DEVELOPMENT 'SUCCESS STORY'? -- The 'uncle-nephew party' years: elitist pluralism -- Opening Pandora's box -- the Bandaranaike era begins -- Political responses and feedback in a new era -- 'Middle Path' -- Dudley Senanayake's imperfect governance strategy -- Political responses to the 'Middle Path' -- PART 3: SYSTEMS OF INFECTION AND IMMUNE SYSTEM RESPONSES: HOW SRI LANKA'S UNITED FRONT GOVERNMENT COPED WITH A VIOLENT INSURRECTION AND SHORTCOMINGS OF ITS MARXIST DEVELOPMENT MODEL -- Populism and Sinhalese nationalism resurgent -- Sri Lanka's Marxist experiment -- promises and performance -- Political climate, institutions and feedback in the united front era -- PART 4: FAILURE OF RADICAL THERAPIES: HOW SRI LANKA'S 'OPEN ECONOMY' DEVELOPMENT MODEL AND STRENGTHENED PRESIDENTIAL AUTHORITY FAILED TO PREVENT CONFLICT AND TERRORISM FROM ESCALATING OUT OF CONTROL -- Systems of development failure -- Strengthening executive power to sustain open economy reforms -- The open economy -- promises and performance -- Political identities, attitudes and organisations in the open economy era -- How state-sanctioned violence clouded political feedback -- Protracted civil war begins -- PART 5: DIAGNOSIS, TREATMENT AND PREVENTION: WHY DEADLY CONFLICT AND TERRORISM ARE NOT ONLY PREDICTABLE, BUT PREVENTABLE -- Costs and benefits of protracted violent conflict -- How it came to this -- learning from Sri Lanka's civil wars -- Preventing deadly conflict and terrorism: ten imeratives
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