The Making of Modern Burma
By (author) Thant Myint-U
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Making of Modern Burma by Thant Myint-U
Book DescriptionBurma has often been portrayed as a timeless place, a country of egalitarian Buddhist villages, ruled successively by autocratic kings, British colonialists and, most recently, a military dictatorship. The Making of Modern Burma argues instead that many aspects of Burmese society today, from the borders of the state to the social structure of the countryside to the very notion of a Burmese identity, are largely the creations of the nineteenth century - a period of great change - away from the Ava-based polity of early modern times, and towards the 'British Burma' of the 1900s. The book provides a sophisticated and much-needed account of the period, and as such will be an important resource for policy makers and students as a basis for understanding contemporary politics and the challenges of the modern state. It will also be read by historians interested in the British colonial expansion of the nineteenth century.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521799140
(229mm x 152mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 26-Mar-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Thant Myint-U
Where China Meets India, Paperback (September 2012)
China and India have always been separated not only by the Himalayas, but also by the impenetrable jungle and remote areas that once stretched across Burma. Now this last great frontier will likely vanish leaving China and India exposed to each other as never before. In this book, the author explores the new strategic centrality of Burma.
River of Lost Footsteps, Paperback (January 2008)
Burma is ruled by a harsh dictatorship unmoved by Western activists and sanctions. Drawing on his own family's stories and his years of hands-on political experience working with the UN, the author has written an illuminating account of how Burma's rich past informs its violent present, and of how the world might transform the country's future.
Making of Modern Burma, Hardback (March 2001)» View all books by Thant Myint-U
A much-needed history of nineteenth-century Burma which lays down the foundations of the modern state.
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