Mon Nationalism and Civil War in Burma: The Golden Sheldrake

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Routledge, Jan 11, 2013 - History - 448 pages
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A major contribution to the literature of Burmese history and politics, this book traces the rich and tragic history of the Mon people of Burma and Thailand, from the pre-colonial era to the present day. This vivid account of ethnic politics and civil war situates the story of Mon nationalism within the 'big picture' of developments in Burma, Thailand and the region. Primarily an empirical study, it also addresses issues of identity and anticipates Burmese politics in the new millennium. A particular feature of the book is its first-hand descriptions of insurgency and displacement, drawn from the author's experiences as an aid worker in the war zone.
 

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Contents

The Mon in Burma and Thailand
2
Classical Mon Civilisation and the Colonial Period
47
Independence and Civil War
98
Revolutionaries Warlords and Refugees
161
The Mon Ceasefire and Since
216
The Sheldrake and the Peacock
276
Notes
342
Key Dates in Mon History
391
Bibliography
398
Index
406
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