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By Stephen L Keck

British Burma within the New Century attracts upon overlooked yet gifted colonial authors to painting Burma among 1895 and 1918, which used to be the apogee of British governance. those writers, so much of them 'Burmaphiles' wrote opposed to frequent misperceptions approximately Burma.

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Thesis and main argument British Burma in the New Century, however, goes a bit further in making the experience of the country under colonialism the primary focus. This study seeks to portray British Burma as an entity in itself and not a temporary moment or necessary stage for independence. Instead, it demands interpretative independence as worthy of scholarly examination in its own right. To be sure, any such discussion will connect the subject to the broader trajectories associated with empire and later independence, but it is useful to try to recover the entity, without subordinating it to fairly predictable narratives.

Furthermore, probing these writings should make it possible to exhibit the gendered components of colonial ethnographic discourses. Special attention will be devoted to the ways in which the British understood the Karen and the Shan states. The endorsement of ‘cosmopolitanism’ by advocates of empire Introduction 27 such as Taw Sein Ko will be considered in relation to ethnographic literature. Nonetheless, the discussion will seek to consider another possibility: namely, that for all of the celebration of ‘cosmopolitanism’, British colonialism proved to be a homogenizing force.

O’Connor also explored four other rivers: the Yunzalin, the Chindwin, the Salwin and the Sittang, and journeyed down the Tavoy coast into the Mergui archipelago. It would not take a careful reader to appreciate the land’s diversity and complexity. More important, the record of his travels might be regarded as an act of piety about or even humility for a land (and its peoples) that he had come to revere. O’Connor not only traveled widely, but he took critical distance upon the very idiom of mass travel as his sections entitled ‘The Pomp of Travel’ and ‘Primitive Travel’ made clear.

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