Once known as Burma, in 1989 this large country located in Southeast Asia officially became known as the Republic of the Union of Myanmar. Over the years Myanmar has had a colourful and exciting history, yet despite recent attempts to promote tourism, very few people visit this region of Asia, which has been ostracized due to its recent history of civil war and military rule. Still, from the sacred stupas of the plains of Bagan to the grand colonial-era British mansions, there is much beauty in this forgotten country. From early cultures of the Stone Age, through the protests of Buddhist monks during the twenty-first century, to the elections of 2010, there has hardly been a dull moment in Myanmar's history. A History of Myanmar since Ancient Times describes the Burmese people, their culture, their ambitions, and the world that they live in. Covering more than 2,200 years, this is the most comprehensive history of Myanmar ever published in the English language. Essential reading for any student of Myanmar or South-east Asian history, the book will surprise, challenge and inform in equal measure.
Michael Aung-Thwin is Chair and Professor of the Asian Studies Program at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa. He is the author of The Mists of Ramanna: The Legend that was Lower Burma (2005) and co-editor of New Perspectives on the History and Historiography of Southeast Asia: Continuing Explorations (2011). Maitrii Aung-Thwin is Associate Professor of Southeast Asian and Burmese History at the National University of Singapore. He is author of The Return of the Galon King: History, Law, and Rebellion in Colonial Burma (2011) and co-author of A New History of Southeast Asia (2010).
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