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The Making of Modern Burma

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  • Author: Thant Myint-U, UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Assistance, New York
  • Date Published: April 2001
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521780216

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  • The Making of Modern Burma is a history of the country from the nineteenth to early twentieth century. In a sophisticated and much-needed account, the author argues that many aspects of contemporary Burmese society are the creations of the nineteenth century when Burma fought the British and tried to modernize the country. The book will be an important resource for students and policymakers as a basis for understanding contemporary politics and the challenges of the modern state, as well as for historians interested in British colonial expansion during the period.

    • At the time of publication, was the only book to be written on nineteenth-century Burma over the last century
    • Beautifully written by a rising star
    • Of interest to historians, South East Asian scholars, policymakers and other professionals involved with the region
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    "...a well-written and presented analysis of the period. Reseachers on both precolonial- and colonial-era Burma will benefit much from it. It is also recommended for both undergraduate survey courses and postgraduate seminars." Journal of Asian History

    "It is very well written, incoporates old and new sources, both Burmese and Western, and has a distinct point of view." Pacific Affairs

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    • Date Published: April 2001
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521780216
    • length: 294 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.6kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: the fall of Mandalay
    1. Kings and distant wars
    2. The Irrawaddy Valley in the early nineteenth century
    3. The court of Ava
    4. Empire and identity
    5. The grand reforms of King Mindon
    6. Revolt and the coming of British rule
    7. Reformists and royalists at the court of King Thibaw
    8. War and occupation
    9. A colonial society
    Conclusions: the making of modern Burma.

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    Thant Myint-U, UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Assistance, New York

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