Date of Award


Document Type

Restricted Thesis

Terms of Use

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Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


History Department

First Advisor

Lillian M. Li


Immortalized by the historian Culavamsa, the reign of Parakramabahu in Sri Lanka in the twelfth century has been distinguished as one of prosperity. The thesis seeks to consolidate records and chronicles of the island’s powerful figures. Through evaluating these sources, Dailey examines Parakramabahu’s historical legacy, placing its significance within the framework of the succession of rule. Dailey includes the evolving historiography of the island in his synthesis of a narrative of Sri Lanka’s shifting administration, its reception, viability and its relevance to the nation’s identity.