The River of Lost Footsteps: Histories of Burma

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Macmillan, 2006 - 361 Seiten
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For nearly two decades Western governments and a growing activist community have been frustrated in their attempts to bring about a freer and more democratic Burma—through sanctions and tourist boycotts—only to see an apparent slide toward even harsher dictatorship. But what do we really know about Burma and its history? And what can Burma’s past tell us about the present and even its future?
In The River of Lost Footsteps, Thant Myint-U tells the story of modern Burma, in part through a telling of his own family’s history, in an interwoven narrative that is by turns lyrical, dramatic, and appalling. His maternal grandfather, U Thant, rose from being the schoolmaster of a small town in the Irrawaddy Delta to become the UN secretary-general in the 1960s. And on his father’s side, the author is descended from a long line of courtiers who served at Burma’s Court of Ava for nearly two centuries. Through their stories and others, he portrays Burma’s rise and decline in the modern world, from the time of Portuguese pirates and renegade Mughal princes through the decades of British colonialism, the devastation of World War II, and a sixty-year civil war that continues today and is the longest-running war anywhere in the world.
The River of Lost Footsteps is a work both personal and global, a distinctive contribution that makes Burma accessible and enthralling.
 

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Nutzerbericht  - untraveller - LibraryThing

Excellent read. A touch of humor, well-written, hugely informative, and written by an "insider'. tis easy to like this book which I acquired and read while in Myanmar. Vollständige Rezension lesen

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Nutzerbericht  - pbjwelch - LibraryThing

Excellent, highly readable and enjoyable overview of the country formerly known as Burma. My number #1 recommendation when a friend asks for an introductory book on Myanmar. One correction: The ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

Inhalt

1 The Fall of the Kingdom
3
2 Debating Burma
31
3 Foundations
42
4 Pirates and Princes Along the Bay of Bengal
63
5 The Consequences of Patriotism
88
6 War
107
7 Mandalay
131
8 Transitions
163
9 Studying in the Age of Extremism
198
10 Making the Battlefield
220
11 Alternative Utopias
257
12 The Tigers Tail
290
13 Palimpsest
321
Notes
349
Acknowledgments
363
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Über den Autor (2006)

Thant Myint-U, educated at Harvard and Cambridge, has served on three United Nations peacekeeping operations, in Cambodia and in the former Yugoslavia, and was more recently the head of policy planning in the UN’s Department of Political Affairs.

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