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Charney, Michael W. (2017) Burmese Concepts of Global History from the Imperial to the Post-Cold War Period. In: ENIUGH Conference, 27 august - 1 September 2017, Budapest. (Unpublished)

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The present paper examines the case of Burma, in which a past ‘dominant perspective’ on world or global history has had difficulty being reconciled with a ‘passive perspective’ on global history. Burma is by no means competing today with China in global connections, but it did undergo a very powerful intellectual reordering at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries from a Burmese ‘dominant perspective’ on world relations to a Burmese ‘passive perspective’ into the early 1960s. A return to a modified version of the Burmese ‘dominant perspective,’ from 1962 or thereabouts, continues to obstruct resolution of very serious political, ethnic, and religious fissures in the country today. The paper examines three main periods of Burmese historical thought on the country’s place in world or global history.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Items (Paper)
Keywords: Global History, Burma, Myanmar
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > School of History, Religions & Philosophies > Department of History
Date Deposited: 01 Aug 2018 06:50

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