The Making of Modern Burma

Hardcover | April 2, 2001

byThant Myint-U

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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.

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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 wil...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:294 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.83 inPublished:April 2, 2001Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521780217

ISBN - 13:9780521780216

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