The Trouser People: The Quest for the Victorian Footballer who Made Burma Play the Empire's Game

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Viking, 2002 - Burma - 307 pages
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Sir George Scott was an unsung Victorian adventurer who hacked, bullied and charmed his way through uncharted jungle to help establish British colonial rule in Burma. Born in Scotland in 1851, Scott was a die-hard imperialist with a fondness for gargantuan pith-helmets and a bluffness of expression that bordered on the Pythonesque. Stepped on something soft and wobbly, he records in his bush diary one dark night. Struck a match, found it was a dead Chinaman.

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User Review  - kakadoo202 - LibraryThing

faszinating inside of culture and life in Burma - a country that is rather a white spot on the map for me ("here be dragons"). history of this country is bloodier than expected and tribes and kings are rather ruthless. Read full review

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User Review  - DramMan - LibraryThing

Re-created from diaries and letters, the life of Sir George Scott, born in Fife in 1851, spent many years in the remotest parts of Burma, as the entire country became part of the British Empire, and introduced soccer to its inhabitants. Read full review

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