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Author Thant Myint-U.
Title The making of modern Burma / Thant Myint-U.
Imprint New York : Cambridge University Press, [2001]

Author Thant Myint-U.
Subject Burma -- History -- 19th century.
Description 1 online resource (284 pages)
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Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 255-271) and index.
Contents Introduction: the fall of Mandalay -- Kings and distant wars -- The Irrawaddy valley in the early nineteenth century -- The Court of Ava -- Empire and identity -- The grand reforms of King Mindon -- Revolt and the coming of British rule -- Reformists and royalists at the court of King Thibaw -- War and occupation -- A colonial society -- Conclusion: the making of modern Burma.
Summary "Burma 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 or Burman 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."--Jacket.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 051104089X (electronic bk.)
9780511040894 (electronic bk.)
0521799147 (pbk.)
9780521799140 (pbk.)
0511118562 (electronic bk.)
9780511118562 (electronic bk.)
9780511613661 (electronic bk.)
0511613660 (electronic bk.)
OCLC # 56216729
Additional Format Print version: Thant Myint-U. Making of modern Burma. New York : Cambridge University Press, ©2001 0521780217 0521799147 (DLC) 00040372 (OCoLC)44076138

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