Tucker, Shelby; Among Insurgents: Walking Through Burma
This book describes a remarkable and perilous journey into a terra incognita. Shelby Tucker entered the Shan State of Burma through a border area of China closed to foreigners, crossed the Hills and left Burma via an area of India closed to foreigners. He was detained by communist rebels, handed over to Kachin rebels and arrested by the Indian army. But Among Insurgents is more than an extraordinary adventure story. It describes the Kachins, the most important of Burma’s “hidden colonies”, of whom very little has been written, offers a brief and readable analysis of the Burmese civil war, including its ethnic and religious dimensions, and examines the symbiotic relationship between the civil war and the international drugs trade. Shelby Tucker interviewed poppy farmers and leaders on both sides of the narcotics divide, and his report to the US National Security Council may have contributed to Washington’s changed perception of the Burma Army as the main player in the trade. This book is a necessary supplement to Bertil Lintner’s Land of Jade, first published in 1990.
WL Order Code 22649
Bangkok 2011 298 pp., 34 pp. illus., 2 pp. maps, 150 x 210 mm, 0.480 kg
Chaudoir, Georges & Mr. & Mrs. Emile Jottrand; Belgian Tourists in Burma, Siam, Vietnam and Cambodia (1897 & 1900)
This first English translation presents two travelogues of Belgian travelers around the turn of the twentieth century. First there is part of a world tour by Georges ‘Puck’ Chaudoir that covers an overland journey through the Nagaland Hills in present-day India, Burma and Siam to Bangkok in Thailand. Chaudoir was a former military man and in his world outlook and observations a tourist avant-la-lettre. He organized his own caravans, and struggled through areas mostly untraveled by Europeans in 1897. His photographs include both purchased professional work and his own action shots. In the second part, this book presents the vacation recollections of Émile Jottrand and his wife. Jottrand was at work in Siam as a legal adviser. On vacation in October 1900 he traveled to Saigon, Mytho, Phnom Penh and a few backwaters of the budding French Indochina colony. His main purpose was to visit Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom in the Siamese territory of Siem Reap and Battambang. Small sampans and ox carts could then only reach it. He reported from these small towns, which Siam would later see returned to Cambodia, and discussed French intrigues on the Siamese border. Nothing escaped his sharp observations and his liberal opinions clash violently with the idea of a colony as a workable vehicle for development. In Angkor Wat, then only visited by a hundred people or so each year, his descriptions and photographs of a temple complex in rubble and in the grips of vegetation, as well as the looting going on there, offer original insights.
WL Order Code 8536
Honolulu 2000, 198 pp., 1 pp. fold map, 145 x 225 mm, 0.440 kg
Ghosh, Parimal; Brave Men of the Hills: Resistance and Rebellion in Burma, 1825-1932
“An important piece of research. The author has made a significantly new contribution to our understanding of the Burmese popular response to the imposition of British colonial administrative and economic systems between 1825 and 1932. [...] The book will be of interest to all historians of Southeast Asia and of peasant revolts. ” (Professor R.H. Taylor, author of The State in Burma) Burma was conquered by Britain in the course of three wars fought in 1825, 1852 and 1885, and colonial rule was to last till 1948, when Burma regained its lost independence. Throughout this period there were several armed uprisings against foreign rule and its social and economic ramifications. In his book Parimal Ghosh explores how peasant militancy was first generated and then crystallised into an open challenge to the colonial state. He focuses on two types of uprisings: the nineteenth-century resistance which followed the three wars of conquest, and Saya San’s revolt of 1930-3. Rather than seeing such Burmese responses as being the symptom of a colonial “pacification” process, he argues that they were organic expressions of a momentum of resistance originating among a grassroots peasant base.
WL Order Code 8663
New Delhi 2002, 90 pp., 7 pp. illus., 1 map, 185 x 240 mm, 0.410 kg
Blackburn, Terence R.; British Lion the Burmese Tiger Campbell and Maha Bandula Vol. 1, The
In the early 1820s, the Burmese seriously considered marching to Bilat (England), sacking London, and placing one of their princes on the English throne. Such ignorance of the power of the British was to bring about the first of three conflicts between the two countries, during which the Burmese, utterly surprised and frustrated with the superior firepower of the “white faced strangers”, often inflicted the most appalling tortures and mutilations on their captives. The catalyst, which brought Campbell, the British Lion, and Maha Bandula, the Burmese Tiger, on a collision course, was Burma’s expansionist policies. Bengal was threatened, and the British declared war. The Burmese fiercely defended their almost medieval kingdom with antiquated weapons, the invaders replied with rockets and heavy artillery firing shot and shells. Bandula should have by sheer weight of numbers defeated the British but his battle plans were flawed. Campbell seized his opportunity and routed the Burmese. Bandula was killed, a huge indemnity demanded, and rich coastal regions were surrendered to the British. Yet today, despite his humiliating defeat, the name of Bandula is remembered with pride by the Burmese, while that of Campbell is known only to a few dozen historians.
WL Order Code 9153
New Delhi 2006, 502 pp., 19 pp. illus., 3 pp. in col., 4 pp. maps, 190 x 250 mm, 1.250 kg
Blackburn, Terence R.; Burma and the Enemy Within
A hundred and twenty years ago, on 29 November 1885, the British finally acquired the remainder of the country of Burma in the name of the Queen Empress although the country was in fact annexed by the mill owners of Lancashire, the cutlers of Sheffield and the merchants of London. Their Chambers of Commerce had bombarded Lord Randolph Churchill, the Secretary of State for India, with memos demanding that the country be opened to their goods and that access be made through Burma to Yunnan and China, this they regarded as an El Dorado. In fact, it proved to be a chimera, no fortunes were to come out of China. Two wars preceded the final act. In the first, the Burmese lost their maritime provinces, further, the King of Burma was to cede Arakan, Ramree, Cheduba and Sandoway to the East India Company. He also had to give up all rights to Assam, Jaintia, Cachar and Manipur, and pay the crippling sum of one million pounds sterling. The second war resulted in the annexation of Pegu that left Upper Burma landlocked. While, the third war arose out of a dispute between the King’s Ministers and the Bombay Burma Trading Corporation, who were accused, not without reason, of cheating the King out of his royalties. The humiliation of a native court imposing a fine on the Corporation for theft was too much to bear, and the British Government used its might to crush the kingdom and depose its king. An unbiased reader will be shocked by some of the actions of the British, which is not, of course, to say that the Burmese were entirely without fault. It is my contention that the scales of justice come down in favor of the Burmese.
WL Order Code 22243
Bangkok 2001, repr. from 1928 164 pp., 24 pp. illus., 150 x 210 mm, 0.310 kg
Po, San C.; Burma and the Karens
A reprint of the original 1928 publication which “set out to present and explain to the reading public and those who are in authority, the condition of the Karens, the position they occupy and their aspiration as a nation...” The historian Martin Smith considers the author to be the “father” of the Karen people. He is described by Harry Marshall (author of The Karen People of Burma) as perhaps the most prominent Karen. The extensive introduction by Christina Fink provides a full historical background and insight into the far-sightedness of the author, helping to understand the ongoing struggle of the Karen and possibly its solution.
WL Order Code 22014
Bangkok 1998, 310 pp., illus., 150 x 210 mm, 0.570 kg
Ball, Desmond; Burma's Military Secrets
This first book on signals warfare provides a unique view into all of the important military and political developments in Burma over the past half century based on the most secret and authoritative intelligence sources, i.e., signals intelligence (SIGINT) which involves radio interception, telecommunications surveillance, crypt analysis or code-breaking, and analysis of supposedly confidential signals. This book is filled with fascinating and explosive revelations about many important issues, such as:
• the special relationship between Burma and China. Over the past decades, China has become Burma’s principal ally, major arms supplier, and only secret intelligence partner.
• the opium and heroin trade. Burma now accounts for two-thirds of the world’s total production of heroin and the drug armies maintain sophisticated intelligence collection and communications systems.
• the SIGINT activities of the ethnic insurgent organizations, such as the Karen National Army.
• the battles at Manerplaw and Kawmura in January-February 1995, which involved some 15,000-20, 000 troops, and which resulted in the loss of these strongholds to the Burmese Army.
• the use of electronic surveillance by the military junta in Rangoon to control dissent and rebellion.
• the organization of Burma’s security and intelligence establishment, including the dreaded Military Intelligence Service (MIS) headed by Khin Nyunt, and the new Cyber Warfare Department.
• the build-up of Burma’s conventional arms capabilities, giving it the largest armed forces in Asia by the turn of the century.
WL Order Code 4809
Whiting Bay 1989, repr. from 1910; 621 pp., 150 x 220 mm, 1.100 kg
Shway Yoe; Burman His Life and Notions, The
This timeless “classic” on Burma remains one of the most intuitive and sympathetic works on all aspects of Burmese culture, society and daily life—past and present. Shway Yoe, the Burmese pseudonym of Sir J.G. Scott, completed this work in 1882. He describes a variety of subjects including Buddhism and spirit worship, literature and the arts, kingship and Burmese conceptions of state, the legal system, military organization, sports and games, wildlife, indigenous medicine and tribal life.
WL Order Code 22587
Bangkok 2007 190 pp., 16 pp., illus., 150 x 210 mm, 0.290 kg
Berlie, Jean A.; Burmanization of Myanmar's Muslims
This book deals with Burmanization, a cultural process similar to what is known as Sinicization in China and Sanskritization in India. It copes with selected aspects of the Burmanization process, linguistic integration, citizenship, rate of culture change and changes in value systems. The Tatmadaw government’s ethics emphasize unity, a desirable ideal, but also “one dominant ethnic group (Burman), one united country (Myanmar), and one religion (Buddhism)”. Buddhism is de facto the state religion, and Muslims and other religious minorities are not protected by the State. The Muslim population is subject to Burmanization, a socio-political strategy with the aim of assimilating the ethnic and religious minorities of Myanmar. This study makes a powerful contribution not only to the knowledge of the Muslims of Burma but also by looking both within and beyond the Muslim societies of South Asia, East Asia, and Southeast Asia.
WL Order Code 22609
Bangkok 2007, 524 pp., illus., 56 pp. illus. in col., 210 x 295 mm, 2.300 kg
Munier, Christophe & Myint Aung; Burmese Buddhist Murals: Vol. 1-Epigraphic Corpus of the Powin Taung Caves
book offers a systematic study of a preeminent site in the artistic and cultural heritage of Southeast Asia. With over five hundred caves, Powin Taung has for centuries attracted pilgrims and today houses eleven monasteries providing a home for about a hundred monks, novices and nuns. The caves, dug into a sandstone formation, are decorated with murals of the twenty-eight Buddhas. They depict the life of Gotama (the historical Buddha) and the Jatakas (the narratives of his previous lives). Only twenty-nine caves (regarded as the most important at the site) and one temple have captioned murals dating from the Nyaungyan and early Konbaung periods (Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries). This volume publishes, for the first time, the complete original Burmese texts of these captioned murals, laid out in registers, and their English translation. With its footnotes and appendices, this book is a tool for Buddhologists, historians and art historians, linguists, archaeologists and enlightened amateurs, as well as for guides. It makes a major contribution to the dissemination of the Burmese Buddhist cultural and literary heritage. This systematic work has fifty-six color pages, and altogether four hundred photographs. For each cave it gives a floor plan and plans of the walls with murals.
WL Order Code 21481
Bangkok 2003, 168 pp., fully illus. partly in col., 210 x 290 mm, 0.760 kg
Karow, Otto; Burmese Buddhist Sculpture: The Johan Moeger Collection
This offers the reader an admirable survey and description of a sacral art that is yet too little studied, the rich Burmese tradition. Of particular importance in this collection are the pieces forged in the Shan States depicting various incidents in the life of the Buddha as well as the many pieces representing the Buddha in royal attire, herein designated the “Jambupati”-type. Whether the artifacts displayed are of narrative scenes, single figures, votive stupas, or house temples we have in this collection the full range of craftsmanship expressing, in various “gradients of quality”, Burmese Buddhist iconographic ideals.
WL Order Code 8654
Kuala Lumpur 2002, 419 pp., fully illus., 32 pp. in col., 230 x 285 mm, 2.005 kg
Fraser-Lu, Sylvia; Burmese Crafts: Past and Present
In this work, the author introduces the reader to the scope and beauty of Burmese crafts by exploring the historical background, the foundations of Burma’s artistic traditions, and the temple and pagoda arts of brick, stucco, sculpture, and painting, before embarking on a systematic survey of the development and evolution of Burma’s major crafts, such as bronze and ironwork, wooden architecture, wood-carving, gold, silver, and jewelry, ceramics, lacquer, textiles and costume, books, paper, baskets, mats, and umbrellas.
WL Order Code 8108
Kuala Lumpur 1995, 122 pp., 30 pp. illus., 16 pp. in col., 135 x 200 mm, 0.290 kg
Singer, Noel F.; Burmese Dance and Theatre
Although Burma’s dance styles were originally influenced by neighboring cultures and its theater forms by the staging of Buddhist stories and propitiation ceremonies of spirit cults, both genres developed distinctive forms in response to the country’s rich cultural and religious mix and to changing political circumstances. The book traces the history of dance and theater in Burma in the courts and in the countryside, and describes the various dances, plays, and musical accompaniment that evolved as a result of changing tastes and the need to attract audiences. Drawing on hitherto unavailable Burmese sources, the author also presents a vivid picture of the little known and precarious world of the court entertainers and itinerant troupes and the leading personalities of the times.
WL Order Code 21937
Bangkok 1997, repr. from 1900; 139 pp., 150 x 210 mm, 0.270 kg
Fielding-Hall, Harod; Burmese Palace Tales
Originally published in 1900 as Palace Tales the book is an attempt to rescue from oblivion one phase of life in the Mandalay Palace in the times of the Burmese Kings. The Burmese King and Queen were sent into exile in India by the British occupation force in 1886 and memories of the old days started to fade. These stories are all founded upon tales told to the author. They are not history nor are they intended to apply to any one king or queen. They are illustrations only of the lighter side of life there, of the amusements and the trivialities of the Palace. They are the little sunny places in the record of a semi-civilized court whose more serious history consisted of plot and intrigue, violence and murder. But there was laughter in the palace as well as sorrow, sunshine as well as tears.
WL Order Code 22489
Bangkok 2006, 218 pp., 29 pp. illus. in col., 19 pp. illus. text, 150 x 210 mm, 0.360 kg
Bruns, Axel R. H.; Burmese Puppetry
This work is an expanded version of the author’s PhD thesis. As a long-term resident of Rangoon he has close contacts with the craftsmen who make these beautiful marionettes, the puppeteers who perform with them and their modern brothers on stage as well as the audiences who watch the shows. This comprehensive work describes Burmese puppetry’s glorious past as well as its more recent practice. Once the most dramatic art form, sponsored by the kings, it nearly fell into oblivion in the 20th century due to competition from rival performing arts. In addition to vivid descriptions of traditional characters and themes of Burmese puppetry, the author draws parallels to related arts in neighbouring countries such as China, Indonesia, and Thailand. He also covers the impact of tourism and its influence on the revival of the marionette theater. The craftsmanship involved in producing puppets is covered in detail making it thus of special value for museum curators and collectors of Burmese puppets. Photographs, line drawings, a detailed glossary, and references complete the text.
WL Order Code 5206
Singapore, 1966 162 pp., with text illus., 145 x 210 mm, 0.360 kg
Toke Gale; Burmese Timber Elephant
This book provides an in-depth look at Burmese timber elephants. The author himself was a Burmese forester for many years and much of the information here comes from his first hand experience. The book covers such details as the physical body of elephants, sleeping and feeding habits, the phenomenon of musth, reproduction, period of gestation, life expectancy, capture methods, training, care, dragging gear, and discussion of the Burmese white elephant. This book is necessary reading matter for anyone interested in working elephants in Southeast Asia.
WL Order Code 22454
Bangkok 2005, 333 pp., 2 maps, 70 pp. illus. in col., 210 x 300 mm, 0.995 kg
Chew, Anne-May; Cave-temples of Po Win Taung, Central Burma Architecture, Sculpture and Murals, The
This is the first comprehensive book about Po Win Taung, a soft volcanic rock hill, situated to the north-west of Central Burma. It is a huge, multi-level religious complex with about 800 rock-cut caves, which vary from a simple meditation cell to an imposing temple. The facades are decorated in low and high relief, with some entrances flanked by human or animal sculptures in the round. The interiors of the grottoes contain numerous statues carved into the rock and over 100 caves are adorned with mural paintings illustrating traditional scenes (the 28 Buddha of the Past, previous lives of Buddha Gotama, and the Life of Buddha) including scenes of daily life. For the most part, the works of Po Win Taung date from the second Ava period (16th-18th centuries), and to a lesser extent, the colonial period (last quarter of the 19th until mid 20th century). This book defines the characteristics of the Nyaung Yan style, generally designated as the Ava style, which is little known to the art world. The artistic treasures of Po Win Taung allow us to explore and comprehend this style to a much greater extent. They show a profound syncretism harmonizing local pre-Buddhist beliefs and the fundamental teachings of Theravada Buddhism as well as the different sources of inspiration (Chinese, Indian, Portuguese, Siamese Muslim and European) which have influenced the Nyaung Yan style.
WL Order Code 22081
Bangkok 2000, 336 pp., 144 illus., partly in col., 210 x 295 mm, 1.500 kg
Schendel, Willem van & Wolfgang Mey & Aditya Kumar Dewan; Chittagong Hill Tracts: Living in A Borderland, The
This work examines the borderland between Burma, India and Bangladesh, inhabited by twelve distinct ethnic groups with strong cultural and linguistic links with Southeast Asia. The three specialist authors of this unique book have assembled more than 400 mostly unpub¬lished photographs, many in color, from over 50 private collec¬tions. The Chittagong Hill Tracts: Living in a Borderland introduces the reader to the remarkable cultural variety and modern transformations of this virtually unknown region bridging Southeast Asia and South Asia. At the same time it explores how, from the 1860s to the late twentieth century, photographers have portrayed the Chitta¬gong Hill Tracts and their inhabitants. These photographers were both outsiders (travelers, officials, missionaries, anthropol¬ogists, development workers) and local people capturing their own world as they saw it. The 20 carefully documented chapters include: Creating a Colonial Aristocracy, The Public Display of Power, Images of Nature and Destruction, Religions of the Hills, Bodies and Costumes, Developing the Hills, and Lifestyles. The Chittagong Hill Tracts is the first comprehensive work on this complex region of Asia.
WL Order Code 22279
Bangkok 2002, 423 pp., 8 pp. illus. in col., 150 x 220 mm, 0.600 kg
Seekins, Donald M.; Disorder in Order: The Army-State in Burma Since 1962, The
The book examines Burma’s history of “regime entropy” following the March 1962 coup d’état which ended the country’s brief experiment with parliamentary government. Implementing socialist economic policies in central Burma and a hard line against ethnic and communist insurgents in the border areas, Ne Win’s Army-State presided over the country’s fall from prosperity to Least-Developed Nation status by 1987. The following year, a new martial law regime the State Law and Order Restoration Council (SLORC) brutally suppressed a nationwide movement for democracy that drew on the country’s colonial-era traditions of revolutionary nationalism. Although SLORC promoted an open economy, including foreign private investment, the second army-state operates on the same assumptions as its predecessor: that government is synonymous with pacification, unquestioned central control and cultural homogenization. The author argues that while the post-1988 junta, renamed the State Peace and Development Council in November 1997, claims a unique mission in defending national unity and social order, its policies generate political disunity and socioeconomic disorder. Tragically, genuine order, the key to Burma’s development, remains out of reach as the 21st century dawns.
Nai Pan Hla & Ryuji Okudaira; Eleven Mon Dhammasat Texts
This book contains photographic reproductions of eleven Mon Dhammasāt (code of law) texts accompanied by their English translation. Texts include: the Palm-leaf of the Dhammasāt in the Time of King Sāmanta, the Palm-leaf of the Gold-line Dhammasāt, the (Dhammavilāsa) Dhammasāt, the Dhammasāt of the Hermit Manu, the Palm-leaf of the Gold-line Mano Hermit Dhammasāt, the Dhammasāt’s Dividing and Deciding of Inheritance, the Dhammasāt (of the Hermit Manu), the Palm-leaf of the Dhammasāt, the Book of the Gold-line, the Palm-leaf of the Gold-line Dhammasaāt, the Book of the Gold-line Dhammasāt, and the Dhammasāt in Verse. A useful introduction covering the history of the Mon people and their relationship to nearby kingdoms (Myanmar, Siamese, and Khmer) provides the context for the texts and suggests possible relationships between similar texts found in neighboring countries.
WL Order Code 22180
Bangkok 2000, repr. from 1990; 168 pp., 8 pp. illus., 3 maps, 150 x 210 mm, 0.280 kg
McEnery, John H.; Epilogue in Burma 1945-1948
This book presents the first fully-researched account of the Army’s dramatic role in war-torn Burma from Japanese surrender to final evacuation. It presents the achievements of the British, African, Indian Army and Burma Army units of Burma Command. The most important of these was the suppression in February-April 1947 of an incipient “dacoit dictatorship” in central Burma aimed at subverting the moderate government of Aung San, the Burman national hero. The book also records what happened to the losers, the 70,000 surrendered Japanese troops. Beyond that, new light is thrown on the tragic assassinations of Aung San and most of his ministerial colleagues in July 1947, absolving the British authorities and HQ Burma Command of any vestige of responsibility or blame. The work sets out an accurate statement of force levels in Burma in 1945-48. In so doing it discredits the lamentably false picture presented by the HM Stationery Office official history, Burma—The Struggle for Independence 1944-1948. Using a hitherto unpublished and revealing top secret document, the author gives a badly needed re-appraisal of the last two British Governors of Burma. Finally, General Briggs, the General Officer Commanding, emerges as the unsung hero whose quiet determination avoided a Vietnam in Burma. This account of a peaceful transfer of power in difficult and dangerous circumstances may help a new generation in Burma on their hard road to democracy and national reconciliation. It is an absorbing and long-overdue tribute to the men and women who served in the armed forces of the Crown in post-war Burma.
WL Order Code 9504
New Delhi 2008, 144 pp., 14 pp. illus., 190 x 250 mm, 0.800 kg
Blackburn, Terence R.; Executions by the Half-Dozen: The Pacofication of Burma
In the First Anglo-Burmese war of 1824-26 the British could plead, with a certain amount of justification that they were sorely provoked. Whether they were goaded sufficiently to undertake a war lasting two years, where the dead were counted in thousands, and in the case of the Europeans and the Indian sepoys, more died from disease than in battle is a moot question. That the British would win was inevitable, and when they did, they took all the Maritime Provinces, making Burma virtually landlocked, and demanded one million pounds sterling in compensation. The Second War of 1852 had no such justification, it was contrived, brought about by a Royal Navy Commodore who thought that his dignity, and by extension that of his sovereign, had been impugned. The result of this war was the loss of half the country. The Third War was as a result of the overweening ambition of the Secretary of State for India, Lord Randolph Churchill, and the weakness of the Viceroy, Lord Dufferin, who “merely obeyed orders”. Within ten days of the start of the war, if it can be so called, the British had taken Mandalay, deposed the king and sent him into exile in India. It was, to paraphrase the Duke of Wellington, “only when the war has been won will your troubles begin”. Initially, 10,000 men were sent to take the country, it was to take nearly 40,000 to pacify it—a tribute to the fighting men of Burma.
WL Order Code 8115
Kuala Lumpur 1997, 123 pp., 42 pp. illus., 130 x 200 mm, 0.160 kg
Canoi, Ellen Corwin; Faded Splendour, Golden Past
The book focuses on Burma’s best-known and most-often visited cities: Pagan, Mandalay, and Rangoon. It analyses the role each city played at critical periods in Burma’s history from ancient times up to World War II. Pagan and Mandalay were both associated with the rise and fall of two of Burma’s great empires founded by the Pagan and Konbaung dynasties. Even though centuries seperate them, there are surprising similarities between the two royal capitals. In contrast, everything about Rangoon from its physical layout to amenities, which it offered, were vastly different.
Maung Htin Aung; Folk Elements in Burmese Buddhism
A work on the integrating power of Burmese Buddhism. When Theravada Buddhism became the national religion in the 11th century there already existed a number of primitive religious cults, the most important and most popular of which were the worship of nat spirits, astrology, and alchemy. In addition there also existed Mahayana Buddhism and Tantric or magical Buddhism. All the different cults were given an artificial unity by the fact that they were all under the patronage of the Ari monks. These Ari monks had some acquaintance with the Buddhist scriptures, gloried in the name of Buddha, and wore dark brown robes and conical hats. But they also presided over the nat spirit festival at which hundreds of animals were sacrificed. The nine chapters of this book deal with: folk elements in Burmese Buddhism; the nine Gods; the feast of the New Year; the cult of alchemy; the cult of the magus; the Lord of the Great Mountain; the thirty-seven Lords; initiation ceremonies; and the Ari monks and the introduction of Buddhism.
WL Order Code 5824
London 1991, 269 pp., 8 pp. photographs, 140 x 222 mm, 0.465 kg
O'Brien, Harriet; Forgotten Land. A Rediscovery of Burma
The book leads us through a land of elephants, pagodas and Buddha images; a country whose associations with the Empire are encapsulated in Kipling’s Road to Mandalay. It also captures the other Burma, a land of political repression and warring factions; a military dictatorship fighting ethnic rebel forces in the borderlands and set against a more recent movement struggling for democracy within the government controlled areas. Above all, this book is a personal rediscovery of an enchanting and mysterious country that somehow became locked in time.
WL Order Code 22239
Bangkok 2000, repr. from 1908 510 pp., 36 pp. illus., 150 x 210 mm, 0.690 kg
Johnston, Reginal F.; From Peking to Mandalay
This reprint describes a journey during January to July 1906, from Weihaiwee, a Treaty Port situated at the easternmost tip of Shantung Province to Rangoon in Burma, with the purpose of gratifying his own desire to visit those parts of China least known to Europeans, and gain knowledge of the tribes inhabiting Eastern Tibet and Yunnan. The route covered some three to four hundred kilometers, the most difficult parts being the ones described in detail, backed by vivid photographs. Johnston aroused considerable interest as he was accompanied throughout by his pet bull-terrier. He visited the sacred Mount Omei in China and the town of Tali-fu near Lake Erh Hai, the center of the Tali Kingdom in the eighth to fourteenth century, which he reported to be a Tai or Shan Kingdom. Johnston entered Burma at Bhamo, enjoying the luxury of British colonial life. His wide reading sets his travel account apart. The text, reinforced with a short comparative table of a hundred words and expressions in six minority languages, relates it to ongoing scholarly debates on Buddhism, anthropology, and cultural history of East Asia.
WL Order Code 21400/H
Bangkok 1990, repr. from 1904; 450 pp., 154 pp. illus., 150 x 210 mm, 1.300 kg
Iyer, L. A. N.; Geology and Gem-stones of the Mogok Stone Tract, Burma
This reprint offers historical material on the geology and gem-stones of the Mogok stone tract in Burma. The other works on the subject that have been reprinted are Rubies of Mogok, Book of the Silken East by V.C. Scott O’Connor, with an additional article On the Ruby Mines near Mogok by Robert Gordon, published in 1888. It also contains additional illustrations from The Illustrated London News, The Graphic and Natural History, 1928, and “Ruby Mine District” of the Burma Gazetteer compiled by B.C.S. George.
WL Order Code 22228
Bangkok 2001, 112 pp., 28 pp. illus. text, 150 x 210 mm, 0.230 kg
Saw Wai Lwin Moe; Golden Boy and Other Stories from Burma
This collection presents 27 folktales, fables and legends told by Burmese to their children. The magic of legends, the wisdom contained in ancient tales and the humor of fables captivate young and old alike. Besides providing good entertainment these stories reveal a lot about the daily life of the people who told them, about their inner-most beliefs and the eternal values of a people. What could be a better way to the heart of a culture than its ancient tales? We invite you to follow the path of the Burmese people.
WL Order Code 22412
Bangkok 2004, repr. from 1924; 452 pp., 17 pp. illus., 150 x 210 mm, 0.620 kg
Milne, Leslie; Home of an Eastern Clan, The
This is a detailed study on all aspects of life and culture of the Palaungs of the Shan States. This study, which was researched in the 1910s and published in 1924, deals for the most part with the Katur tribe of the Palaungs. They live in or near Namhsan, the capital of Tawngpeng, which was nominally a Shan State but which was governed by a Palaung chief then, and inhabited almost entirely by Palaungs. The Palaungs are a Mon-Khmer speaking group (as are the Lamet in Laos). Since her first encounters with the Palaungs in 1906-1908 the author learned the language of the main dialect spoken in Namhsan. This scarce book is still one of the main studies on the subject and covers chapters on babies, young girls and boys, young men and maidens, marriage, the dwelling and home life, village life, medicine, customs on child birth and death, religion and cosmology, and some details on proverbs and folktales—from a female perspective.
WL Order Code 8665
New Delhi 2002, 102 pp., 8 pp. illus., 1 map, 185 x 250 mm, 0.440 kg
Blackburn, Terence R.; Ill-Conditioned Cad Mr Moylan of the Times Vol. 3, An
During its long history The Times newspaper has employed many colorful characters to report on world events, among whom Edward Kryan Moylan must rank high in that pantheon, albeit now almost entirely unknown.. When things got too hot in Ireland Moylan decamped to the Gold Coast and so was on the spot to witness the events that led the Ashanti War of 1873. He sent home accounts to The Times before they were able to send their own man out. His reports were such that he was retained and at the conclusion of the war, such was the power of The Times he was given an appointment as a magistrate in the West Indies. Once in a position of power his behavior became so intolerable that he was removed from his post and subsequently disbarred. Moylan was faced with a dilemma. He could not go to Ireland and if he stayed in England there was a good possibility that he would face charges of malfeasance. He therefore decided to go to India, and then to Burma, when it seemed that there was the possibility of war with that country. He promptly renewed his association with The Times and was appointed their special correspondent, covering the Third Anglo-Burmese war and the subsequent annexation of Upper Burma. This book charts his malevolent progress as a discreditable journalist, blackmailer, liar, and traducer of the reputations of those in high office, and culminates with his death in 1895 at the age of 51.
Das, Gurudas & N. Bijoy Singh & C. J. Thomas; Indo-Myanmar Border Trade
India shares a 1,643 km long border with Myanmar that passes through the northeastern states of Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Mizoram and Nagaland. With the growth of regional trading arrangements, border areas are now viewed as economic corridors rather than far flung peripheries. It is from this perspective that the contributors in this volume have examined the status, problems and potentials of Indo-Myanmar border trade based on resource, production and demand structures across the border. The book also attempts to figure out the implications of India’s Look East Policy for her north eastern region. It also pleads for “border trade” as a strategic tool for the economic development of the hitherto neglected regions across the border.
WL Order Code 22113
Bangkok 1999, 345 pp., illus., 150 x 210 mm, 0.580 kg
Kiryu, Minoru; Industrial Development and Reforms in Myanmar: Asean and Japanese Perspectives
This report incorporates papers and research reports prepared in the framework of the Symposium on Industrial Reform in Myanmar, sponsored by the Sasakawa Southeast Asia Cooperation Fund. Over a period of two years, researchers from Japan, Myanmar, and Thailand pursued three objectives, reflected in the results reported here: To make a comprehensive examination of the problems that Myanmar’s enterprises face as the country makes its transition to a market-oriented economy; to gain knowledge of current problems relative to Myanmar’s enterprises through conducting research and holding symposia for researchers and policymakers both in and outside Myanmar; To prepare policy recommendations for submission to the Government of Myanmar based on the results of these processes, in an effort to aid in its task of reforming the nation’s industrial policies. Thus, a wealth of hitherto unavailable information has been collected and is presented in this volume for the first time.
WL Order Code 8093
Kuala Lumpur 1977, 342 pp., 23 pp. illus., 1 pp. in col., 125 x 200 mm, 0.330 kg
Abbott, Gerry; Inroads Into Burma
Protected by jungle-covered mountain ranges, the lands ruled by the Burmese Court were for a long time jealously guarded by kings who chose to remain aloof from the outside world. With the coming of the Age of Steam access to the sequestered kingdom was much easier, and when it fell prey to British imperialism the country was “opened up”. Nevertheless, soon after becoming an independent republic the country once more pursued a policy of limited foreign contact. One consequence of such geographical and cultural insulation is that most outsiders are uninformed about the country now known as Myanmar. This anthology contains sequences of fascinating information covering almost four centuries of Burmese history. The passages are drawn from travelers’ accounts, many of which are rare documents or books that are difficult to come by. Tourists, academics, and students alike will find a wealth of interesting detail in its pages.
Aung-Thwin, Michael; Irrigation in the Heartland of Burma:
For much of the monarchical period, the most stable component of the pre-colonial economy of Burma was the production of paddy in the irrigated plains of Upper Burma in what is commonly known as the dry zone. Virtually all known dynasties in Burmese history since the last two centuries of the first millennium B.C. have acknowledged that reality by establishing their capitals in, and therefore basing their political existence on, these areas watered by perennial tributaries of the Irrawaddy.
U Thaung; Journalist, A General and an Army in Burma, A
This is the chilling story of a people under military rule. As a Burmese journalist, the author worked under martial law and was jailed by the cunning and ruthless General Ne Win, Burma’s dictator. It is the chronicle of the stupidity and crimes of the Burmese Army and of, from an insider’s viewpoint, the misery and cruelties endured by 43 million enslaved Burmese people.
Bastian, Adolf; Journey in Burma (1861-1862), A
Volume 1 contains the travelogue written by Dr Adolf Bastian during his journeys in Burma. Bastian was a renowned ethnographer, who founded both the Ethnological Museum in Berlin and the Berlin Anthropological Society. In Burma he insisted on learning Burmese so as to obtain first-hand information about everything that struck his keen interest in the everyday and religious life of various ethnic groups. He traveled through Burma’s disputed areas, which were the subject of peace negotiations between the British and the Burmese king, just after the Second Burmese War had ended. Bastian held numerous talks with key British officials. Journeying on the Irrawaddy, he visited small towns and pagodas hidden from travelers to arrive at Pagan’s pagoda fields, where he spent time inspecting important monuments. We learn about many of Burma’s most beautiful pagodas, about its oil wells, about the role of Armenians in trade and the palace, about the religious customs of various ethnic groups, life in the bazaars, various types of fortune-telling, agricultural practices, forest products, dacoits and other criminals, omens and superstitions, American, French and Italian missionaries and their arguments with Buddhists, Burmese and European medical practices, the various forms of the Burmese language in use, and the inevitable celebrations. Bastian encountered Karen, Shan, Talein (Mon), Toungthu (Pa-O) and other tribal people, and visited the former Burmese capitals of Ava, abandoned Amarapura, and Mandalay. A forced longer stay in Mandalay, involving a string of audiences with the Burmese king, allowed him to paint a detailed sketch of the city, life in the countryside, and the idiosyncrasies of palace politics. At the king’s personal invitation, Bastian studied Buddhism while residing in the palace. Mandalay was then still in its infancy—an artificially created new capital away from English territory. Continuing his Journey on the River Sittang, he visited several provincial capitals. He also provides much about the influence of the Talaing, whom he calls the “Talein” (today’s Mon), and their vanishing language and culture. Eventually Bastian returned on the Sittang river to the Burmese coast, from where he traveled on via Moulmein to the Siamese border.
WL Order Code 22292
Bangkok 2002, 246 pp., fully illus., 64 pp. illus. in col., maps, 210 x 295 mm, 0.770 kg
Ivanoff, Jacques and Thierry Lejard; Journey Through the Mergui Archipelago, A
The Mergui Archipelago Project made five expeditions between 1998 and 2001. They resulted in the rediscovery of one of the most beautiful places on earth which had been isolated for many years. A cooperative and scientific project had been set up to promote the local heritage, nomad culture and the Burmese historical and cultural inheritance. The reader will discover ancient rock paintings, the archaeological landmarks of the Indian world on its way to Southeast Asia, the colorful history of the region since the first arrival of Westerners; he will also share the Moken nomads way of life.
WL Order Code 21858
Bangkok 1996, repr. from 1922; 253 pp., 150 x 210 mm, 0.450 kg
Gilholdes, A.; Kachins Religion and Customs, The
This book is a record of the myths and tales of the Kachin peoples of Burma amongst whom the author lived. He discusses his findings with the indigenous specialists in the Kachin religion, the Jaiwa, who are ritual bards or reciters of the myths and tales in question. As a direct result of Edmund Leach’s work, Political Systems of Highland Burma, the Kachin people played a major role in the development of social anthropology. Leach made it clear that we can only comprehend the nature of culture and society in Southeast Asia if we understand that each such society is the outcome of processes of inter-group political and social relations, where the boundary of each such group is set by the existence and organizational character of its neighbors. He showed that Kachin society of the mountains of northernmost Burma had its principle structural limit in the neighboring Shan system of lowland principalities. The Shan are Tai speaking people. Kachin society was shaped by its attempt to live in the neighborhood of Shan society. Such a tribal society could not, for all sorts of reasons having to do with the nature of life in the mountains, readily adopt the Shan political order. When this was tried, either it failed or the Kachin community in question tended to become absorbed by the Shan. Indeed, the very dynamics of traditional Kachin society lie in its tendency to oscillate between a form of organization under powerful chiefs that comes close to the Shan ideal of ruling princes, and a form of organization that was forced to reject the claims of such dominance. Not surprisingly, this sort of cross-cultural awareness tends to constitute much of a people’s sense of their own identity and hence becomes embedded in their basic religious ideas, cosmology, mythology and way of life. Gilhodes’s book serves as an essential foundation of empirical data for Leach’s now classical monograph, and is the only published example, in any detail, of the kind of cross-cultural awareness that characterizes the upland peoples of Southeast Asia. The documentation of this material is of importance if only because scholars of the region have come to rely so heavily upon Leach’s 1954 book that they have long since lost sight of the rich material lying behind the analytical argument, and of the fact that there is an earlier literature that documents it in considerable detail.
WL Order Code 21934
Bangkok 1997, repr. from 1922; 351 pp., illus., 140 x 210 mm, 0.610 kg
Marshall, Harry Ignatius; Karen People of Burma: A Study in Anthropology and Ethnology
A classical anthropological monograph written at a time when it was expected that there should be at least one book on each “tribe”, and for sometime this was considered the one book on the Karen. It is full of data and, ironically, this book is still the most recent general description of basically all aspects of Karen culture in Burma. Since it was written 75 years ago there are evidently many current questions which the book cannot answer. But it is still a significant ethnographic study which has been widely read and widely quoted.
WL Order Code 22107
Bangkok 1999 234 pp., 2 maps, 150 x 210 mm, 0.340 kg
McDonald, Martin; Kawthoolei Dreams, Malaria Nights
This daring book, the most accessible contemporary account of Burma’s civil war, unravels a complex story that encompasses more than a dozen armies, scores of ethnic groups, involves the opium warlords of the Golden Triangle, and the rise of the democracy movement inside Burma. For the last 50 years Burma has been torn apart by political and ethnic insurgencies, shut off from the outside world, and forgotten. Today the country is ruled, as it has been since 1962, by a brutal, corrupt, and incompetent military dictatorship. The author, a freelance journalist, made his first trip into insurgent Burma in 1989. Since then he has traveled extensively, both alone and with insurgent groups, including an overland trip in the company of Karen and Burmese student soldiers to the Andaman Sea, a clandestine boat trip down the Irrawaddy River, a jungle trek in search of rhinos, and an attempt to photograph Burmese slave-labor camps. This fast-paced and personal narrative captures both the romance and harsh reality of an ill-fated revolution. The plight of the Karen, an ethnic group fighting for a homeland in the malaria-stricken mountains of southeastern Burma, is especially poignant. The old Karen veterans, who served under the British during World War II and began the present rebellion in 1949, together with two subsequent generations, are still in the jungle, but now forced into refugee camps and ever-shrinking parcels of Karen-held territory along the Thai-Burma border.
WL Order Code 1478
Berkeley 1977, 1986 327 pp., 155 x 235 mm, 0.520 kg
Spiro, Melford E.; Kinship and Marriage in Burma
In a psychodynamic framework, Dr. Spiro examines cultural norms, religion, interpersonal relationships, and the roles of women and men in the village of Yeigyi, Upper Burma. The book is a remarkable contribution to knowledge concerning mate selection, marriage, domestic group composition, intrafamilial relationships and kinship in Burma. Usable as a college text in sociology/anthropology, the book is also an excellent reference work for scholars interested in kinship and marriage.
WL Order Code 21067
Bangkok 1996, 470 pp., fully illus., 8 pp. illus. in col., 4 folded maps+plans, 150 x 210 mm, 0.870 kg
O'Connor, V. C. Scott; Mandalay and Other Cities of the Past in Burma
First published in 1907, this book is still an important source of information for all who are curious about this fascinating country that has only recently begun the process of change. V.C. Scott O’Connor served in Burma at the turn of the century as a British colonial officer. His extensive travels took him to numerous cities, all of which had had a great influence on Burmese history, art and culture. From his experiences, the author recreates Burmese history through that of important early cities. Mandalay, for which he had a special affection, Sagaing, Ava, Amarapura, Pagan, Pegu, Prome, Thare-kettaya (Sri-kshetra), Mergui, Tagoung, and the monastery complex at Po-u-daung. The work includes 243 illustrations, mostly photographs, reproductions of paintings by the traditionalist Burmese painter, Saya Chone, and maps and diagrams.
WL Order Code 22627
Bangkok 2009, repr. from 1876; 522 pp., 16 pp. illus., 2 pp. maps, 2 pp. folded maps, 150 x 210 mm, 0.785 kg
Anderson, John; Mandalay to Momien
This account provides a fascinating eye witness summary of two expeditions made in pursuit of what can only be described as a misconceived dream. The idea of a “back door” to China, which excited British speculative greed from the late 1860s, seemed determined to ignore both economic realities and physical geography. The British merchant community at Rangoon in the recently conquered Lower Burma, urged on by Chambers of Commerce and textile mill owners back in Yorkshire and Lancashire, convinced themselves that inland China was an enormous market simply waiting to absorb a fortune in British manufactures. In the 1940s, the Bhamo-Yunnan route came into prominence again. Some 50,000 American soldiers and locals spent three years building a 1600- km-long road from Ledo in Assam through Myitkyina to Bhamo and on to Kunming. It provided a lifeline for trucking in supplies to Chinese Nationalist troops fighting the Japanese, but was abandoned after 1945. The dream persists, however. In May 2007, The Times of London carried a report headlined, “India hopes old jungle trail can be a new road to riches” which will allow people and goods to travel from Assam to Kunming in just two days.
WL Order Code 22118
Bangkok 1999, repr. from 1930; 330 pp., 16 pp. illus., 150 x 210 mm, 0.450 kg
Ainsworth, Leopold; Merchant Venturer Among the Sea Gypsies
This report is a seminal work on the Moken nomads and Lower Burma written by a businessman studying the area for its economic potential. The author’s ability to describe and penetrate into the very heart of the social and economic life of the Mergui Archipelago’s inhabitants makes this work both entertaining and very informative. Ainsworth describes the land, sea bed, and forests of many of the Moken islands, as well as the trade relations established on the basis of local products. His ethnological observations on disappearing funeral rituals and the love relationships between members of the different populations are of particular interest. His descriptions of Victoria Point, the lovely city of Mergui, and other picturesque villages will certainly be appreciated by travelers. Much of what he describes is still there but it is in great need of conscientious maintenance and adaptation work.
WL Order Code 22293
2Bangkok 2001, 246 pp., 6 pp. illus., 60 pp. in col., 6 maps, 22 pp. in col., 210 x 290 mm, 0.770 kg
Ivanoff, Jacques Et Thierry Lejard; Mergui et les Limbes de L'Archipel Oublie
Impressions, observations et descriptions de quelques îles au large du Tenasserim. Le Mergui Archipelago Project a réalisé cinq expéditions entre 1998 et 2001. Elles ont permis de redécouvrit un des plus beaux endroits de la planète, coupé du monde pendant plusieurs décennies. Un projet de coopération culturelle et scientifique s’est mis en place afin de pouvoir valoriser le patrimoine local et promouvoir la culture nomade moken sans oublier le patrimoine historique et culturel birman. Le lecteur découvrira les dessins pariétaux multi-séculaires, les jalons archéologiques du monde indien sur sa route vers l’Asie du Sud-Est, l’histoire colorée et mouvementée de la région depuis l’apparition des premiers occidentaux et partagera la vie des nomades Moken.
WL Order Code 22079
Bangkok 1999, 186 pp., 76 pp. illus., partly in col., 210 x 290 mm, 0.710 kg
Moilanen, Irene & Sergey Ozhegov; Mirrored in Wood
This overview presents the traditional art of wood carving and use of wood in building in Burma from a historical perspective. In the early Burmese context the wood carvers’ art was honed for religious purposes: to create sculptures to venerate the Buddha. These and other woodcarving motifs of decorative and legendary nature evolved but maintained continuity to the present time despite loss in the 1300-1700 era due to disruptive events in the country. The numerous illustrations of this art also show the colonial influences and recent adaptations to the tourist souvenir market, a potential threat to maintaining traditional wood-carving skills. These are described in detail, including materials and techniques, accompanied with illustrations. The use of wood in buildings also has its traditions in form and beliefs and a basis in functional use and mobility: a basic room is replicated and adapted in the specific contexts of dwelling, monastery, and palace. All these designs are illustrated with floor plans and photographs. Again, in architecture modern design requirements, materials, urbanization and utility challenge the preservation of traditional methods and forms, many of which may well be more suited for local use.
WL Order Code 22075
Bangkok 1999, 180 pp., fully illus., partly in col., 210 x 290 mm, 0.750 kg
Ivanoff, Jacques; Moken Boat: Symbolic technology, The
This is the first comprehensive study of the boats of the sea-gypsies of the Andaman Sea from Surin Island in Southern Thailand to Ross Island in Burma. The traditional Moken boat has been a cause of wonder for scholars, English administrators, and sea captains. How could such a remote and “uncivilized” people have developed such impressive naval technology? The discrepancy between the level of culture and the high degree of technical skill in boat building is surprising if we look deep inside the nomadic ideology of the Moken: their techniques cannot be understood without reference to their cultural and symbolic contexts. This study provides all the necessary technical tools and symbolic knowledge to understand how the sea-gypsies still survive today in their amazing boat, the kabang. This book also provides an English-French glossary of marine terms and techniques, a glossary of Moken marine technology, and a glossary identifying plants based on an extensive survey of the flora of the region where the Moken live.
WL Order Code 21813
Bangkok 1997, 169 pp., illus., 24 pp. in col., 155 x 210 mm, 0.350 kg
Ivanoff, Jacques; Moken: Sea-Gypsies of the Andaman Sea Post-War Chronicles
The book contains accounts of the nomads who live in the Mergui Archipelago of southern Burma and adjacent Thai territories. This minority of the northern branch of the Austronesian peoples have a very distinctive and peculiar culture. Most of the year they live on their boats but do not fish. During the rainy season they live on land, grow some plants, but are not avid cultivators and make little use of their agricultural produce. They developed a strong cultural identity but are nevertheless adapting to a changing environment. For outsiders, the functioning of their society is difficult to understand and still has its mysteries. The closing of Burma after 1948 prevented further research. These post-war chronicles, supplemented by a host of rare photographs, shed some light on this unique group deserving of a special place in the pantheon of ethnic minorities.
WL Order Code 22119
Bangkok 2000, repr. from 1917; 236 pp., 12 pp. illus., 150 x 210 mm, 0.350 kg
Halliday, Robert; Mons of Burma and Thailand Vol. 1 the Talaings, The
This is a two-volume selection of this author's most important writings on the subject. Volume 1 is a reprint of his monograph, The Talaings, which was originally published in 1917 in Rangoon. Well over thirteen centuries ago the Mons established the earliest Buddhist civilization on the Southeast Asian mainland, and it was through them the Burmese and Northern Thais received not only their script, along with literary and technical texts, but also adopted their indigenous religious practices and administrative systems. Halliday’s assumptions about the important historical role played by the Mons, reflecting the views of C.O. Blagden, with whom he collaborated, have been vindicated in the 1960s following the discoveries of early archaeological sites and epigraphic data in Thailand. Therefore, Halliday’s work is a unique source on Mon culture and village life at the beginning of the twentieth century. Halliday’s historical photographs, incorporated in Volume 1, are complemented by photographs by Christian Bauer, the editor, taken in Burma and Thailand, presented in Volume 2.
WL Order Code 22120
Bangkok 2000, repr. from 1923 340 pp., 8 pp. illus. in col., 150 x 210 mm, 0.470 kg
Halliday, Robert; Mons of Burma and Thailand Vol. 2 Selected Articles, The
Volume 2 features all of Halliday’s articles published in the Journal of the Burma Research Society as well as his two other monographs, A History of Kings (1923), and The Story of the Founding of Pegu (1923). This volume also has photographs by Christian Bauer, the editor of this volume of reprints.
WL Order Code 22630
Bangkok 2009, 196 pp., illus., 145 x 215 mm, 0.400 kg
Dulyapak Preecharuhh; Naypyidaw: The New Capital of Burma
This book examines the possible factors involved in the current relocation of the capital in order to enrich and enhance an understanding about contemporary Burma, or the Union of Myanmar, in various aspects—including History, Geography, Political Science, Military Science, Economics, Sociology and Urban Architecture. This pioneering work makes the argument that moving the capital from Yangon to Naypyidaw is a profound and multi-faceted strategy which will increase the power of the current military regime to exercise strong and effective control over Burma in the future. Moreover, it provides useful information concerning geographical configuration and urban characteristics inside the new capital; and lastly, this book will greatly contribute to creating an academic knowledge about geopolitical transformations in Southeast Asian urban networks in the Twenty-first Century.
WL Order Code 22227
Bangkok 2001, 350 pp., 8 pp. illus. in col., 150 x 210 mm, 0.490 kg
Longmuir, Marilyn V.; Oil in Burma
This study describes the early indigenous hand-dug wells near Yenangyaung (creek of stinking water) and the subsequent chain of events which, by the early 1900s, turned Burma’s oil fields into “a matter of great Imperial importance” for the British Government. The allure of these oil fields attracted not only the twinza (Burmese oil miners), but a cash-strapped Burmese King, tenacious Scottish oil men and investors, predatory oil companies and last but not least, canny and foolish speculators.
WL Order Code 22247
Bangkok 2002, first English trans. of 1901; 192 pp., 12 pp. illus., 150 x 210 mm, 0.300 kg
Ehlers, Otto E.; On Horseback Through Indochina Vol. 1:
This volume provides an account of the adventurous journey German traveler Otto Ehlers undertook in 1891-1892. Volume 1 starts with an elephant hunt in Assam and ends on the Nicobar Islands in the Andaman Sea. Ehlers traveled to the Khassia Mountains with the chief elephant hunter of the Kheddah Department of British India, sailed on the Brahmaputra up north and followed British and Gurkha troops in their military campaign against the Maharaja of Manipur. Then he followed one of the British columns to Mandalay, from where he traveled to the ruby mines in the Shan States administered from Mogok, and further to Bhamo to end this trip on the Irrawaddy in Rangoon. He then visited the Andaman Islands and its English penal colony and various islands of the Nicobar group. Ehlers interacted in his typical straightforward and humorous manner with primitive tribes and high officials alike. His quick-witted pen describes the Garos, several tribes of the Naga Mountains, the inhabitants of semi-independent Manipur, Mandalay and its bazaars, British and Gurkha army life in India and Upper Burma, the operation of ruby mines and their lack of profitability, the jail and zoological garden of Rangoon, the conditions of convicts in the Andamans, and various tribes of the Nicobars.
WL Order Code 22352
Bangkok 2003, repr. from 1972; 223 pp., 13 pp. illus., 2 pp. maps, 150 x 210 mm, 0.335 kg
Stewart, A. T. Q.; Pagoda War, The
This work records the British attack on Upper Burma. In November 1885 10,000 British and Indian troops were transported up the Irrawaddy in steamers of the Flotilla Company. After a few skirmishes they occupied Mandalay and deposed King Thibaw and Queen Supayalat, who were sent into exile in India. Upper Burma was then annexed to the British Empire. Why did it bring only discredit on the soldiers who carried it out? Strangely enough, some of the answers to these questions are to be found in Ireland. For the leading figures in this Burmese drama were almost all Irishmen, from the Viceroy of India, Lord Dufferin, to the special correspondent of The Times. Edward Moylan, who pursued a personal vendetta against the British administration in Burma. Dr Stewart has based his fascinating account of the Mandalay campaign on Lord Dufferin’s vice-regal correspondence and on sources in the India Office Records and Library.
WL Order Code 22224
Bangkok 2001, first English trans. of 1929; 276 pp., fully illus., 210 x 300 mm, 1.200 kg
Hurlimann, Martin; Photographic Impressions: Burma, Siam, Cambodia,Yunnan, Champa and Vietnam
This book of photographs of the 1920s in Indochina presents 240 magnificent pictures of architecture, landscapes, and people in their daily activities. For each country there is a brief introduction in English. The photographs also include monuments of Champa, the disappeared kingdom on the coast of Vietnam. Various ethnic minorities of Southeast Asia are shown in their traditional costumes.
WL Order Code 7835
London 1997, 289 pp., 2 maps, 145 x 225 mm, 0.510 kg
Bryant, Raymond L.; Political Ecology of Forestry in Burma, 1824-1994, The
Bryant examines the political consequences of the advent of a Forest Department in 1856 on forest access and conflict in Burma. He situates Burmese forest politics in comparative perspective to illustrate the broader significance of the Burmese experience, notably in terms of the rapidly growing political ecology literature on environment change in the Third World.
WL Order Code 21816
London & Bangkok 1995, 256 pp., 8 pp. illus. in B&W, 1 map, 155 x 235 mm, 0.415 kg
Stibbe, P. G.; Return Via Rangoon
The story of the Chindits, and how Wingate was able to forge out of this heterogeneous collection of men a fighting force which became and has remained one of the legends of the Second World War. Stibbe vividly describes the training of this ill-assorted bunch for the First Chindit Expedition and the way in which Wingate prepared them for the ordeals ahead. Alas, as with so many of the best-laid plans, things went awry and Stibbe ended up a prisoner of the Japanese, incarcerated in a gaol in Rangoon. How he managed to survive the appalling sadism of his captors in the following years is even more extraordinary. His account of his time in prison vividly conveys the lowest depths of man’s inhumanity to fellow man, and the will of man to survive under the gravest of circumstances.
WL Order Code 22226
Bangkok 2001, 478 pp., 8 pp. illus. in col., 11 pp. maps + charts, 150 x 210 mm, 0.680 kg
Ivanoff, Jacques; Rings of Coral, Moken Folktales
This is the first compilation of the oral literature of the Moken, the sea gypsies of the Andaman Sea. Virtually unknown to scholars, except for a few collected in 1838 by Hugo Bernatzik, the 44 stories presented here, of a total of 100, were specially revealed by the Moken to Jacques Ivanoff, the foremost scholar on the Moken, who has here retold and analyzed them. The stories deal with the Moken's historical roots, the creation of Moken society and its flourishing; folk tales, myths and spirit songs. These stories are essential to understand the Moken society and its survival until now, in an ecological and cultural niche. Additional stories recorded by observers are also listed.
WL Order Code 22571
Bangkok 2008, repr. from 1904; 158 pp., text illus., 8 pp. illus., 8 pp. in col., 150 x 210 mm, 0.180 kg
O'Connor, V. C. Scott; Rubies of Mogok: Thabeit-Kyin, Capelan, Mogok
This reprint covers book 12 (chapters 44-48) of The Silken East: A Record of Life and Travel in Burma, which was published in 1904. This reprint has five additional photographs from Natural History 1928, the Journal of the American Museum of Natural History. These pictures show scenes from Mogok and the ruby mines. Further six illustrations are from the Illustrated London News and Graphic from 1887-1888, made during the Third Anglo-Burmese War. It also contains an article, On the Ruby Mines Near Mogok, Burma by Robert Gordon, which was originally published by the Royal Geographical Society in 1888. This reprint is part of a series to bring together historical material on the Ruby Mines District in Burma. The other works are: Ruby Mines District of the Burma Gazetteer—The Geology and Gem-Stones of the Mogok Stone Tract.
WL Order Code 22572
Bangkok 2007, repr. from 1962; 166 pp., 150 x 210 mm, 0.180 kg
George, E. C. S.; Ruby Mine District
This is the third historical reprint in the series on this subject. The other two reprints are Rubies of Mogok, which covers book 12 (chapters 44-48 of The Silken East by Scott O’Connor, published in 1904) and “Ruby Mine District” of the Burma Gazetteer. This reprint includes prints from The Illustrated London News, and The Graphic of 1888 and photographs from Natural History of 1928 (Journal of the American Museum of Natural History). It also contains an article by Robert Gordon, On the Ruby Mines Near Mogok, Burma, which was published in 1888 in the Proceedings of the Royal Geographical Society, London, and another entitled: The Geology and Gem-Stones of the Mogok Stone Tract, Burma.
WL Order Code 8664
New Delhi 2002, 138 pp., 6 pp. illus., 2 pp. in col., 1 map, 185 x 250 mm, 0.480 kg
Blackburn, Terence R.; Sadistic Scholar Captain Latter's War Vol. 2, A
The Second Anglo-Burmese War was one of the many small conflicts of Queen Victoria’s reign which are now largely forgotten; giving rise to the perception of Britain as a high principled power determined to bring the benefits of civilization and trade to the benighted natives, drawing the sword more in sorrow than in anger. This book sets out to show the deceit practiced by the Government of India, deceived and provoked the Burmese King in the cynical knowledge that he would have to go to war. The actions of Captain Latter are examined, and the pivotal part he played in the events as a junior officer and interpreter. The rivalry between the Indian Navy, Royal Navy, and Military, are observed, as is the inexplicable behavior of the military commander, which brought thunderous rebukes from The Times, in which they were joined by the English language newspapers in India, who, almost without exception, condemned him for his tardiness in initiating action, When he did act the results were often open to criticism, which was loudly voiced by the press. In conclusion, the author proposes an unusual solution for the murder of Captain Latter, Deputy Commissioner of Prome, British Burma.
WL Order Code 760
Rangoon 1970, repr. from 1936 118 pp., 155 x 240 mm, 0.310 kg
Ray, Nihar-Ranjan; Sanskrit Buddhism in Burma
The materials used in this monograph are mostly archaeological, but also include archaeologically substantiated literary sources so as to cover all relevant inscriptions, sculptures, paintings and monuments known within Burma. Apart from new materials that were hitherto unknown, many new interpretations of old materials have been proposed. This text reveals the prevalence of the Sarvastivada in Old Prome, the definite existence of Mahayanist and Tantric texts in the monastic libraries of Upper Burma, and the unrecognized representations of gods and goddesses belonging to the Mahayana tradition and its allied pantheons. The text also establishes that the Samanakuttakas, are identical with the Aris, both branded heterodox sects. It indicates the time and place whence the Mahayana and its allied cults penetrated Burma, as well as their continued existence long after the glorious reformation of Anawrahta in 1057-1058 AD. There are sufficient indications that the numerous followers of these sects played a significant role in the religious life of Upper Burma. The six chapters deal with: 1. Sarvastivada in Ancient Prome; 2. Sanskrit Inscriptions: Sanskrit Buddhist Texts; 3. Gods and Goddesses of Northern Buddhism; 4. The Ari sect and the Samankuttakas; 5. Testimony of Buddhist Monks; and 6. When and whence did Sanskrit Buddhism penetrate Burma?
WL Order Code 21935
Bangkok 1997, repr. from 1922; 350 pp., 15 pp. illus., 1 folded map, 150 x 210 mm, 0.590 kg
White, Walter Grainge; Sea Gypsies of Malaya, The
This book is considered a classic amongst the sparse Moken ethnographic literature. The author was a man with an inquiring mind, full of curiosity, who wished to go beyond the limits of his missionary tasks and to relate the story of his personal and research experiences among the sea nomads. The book reveals the life of the Moken at the beginning of the century in a very vivid manner. Published in 1922 it sums up the author’s fieldwork observations dating from 1911. He writes about the administrative and political structure of Tenasserim (he was responsible for the population census of the Moken), which was the first part of Burma to be surrendered to the British after the Anglo-Burmese war of 1824-1826. His book enables us, on the one hand, to become aware of the nature, fauna and flora of this region, and on the other, on human intrigues involving the English, Indians, Karen, Mons, Malays, Burmese and, of course, the Moken. The reader becomes aware of contemporary western arrogance and the developing phenomenon of colonial administration and the ways in which it exploited indigenous wealth. The missionaries, administration, cartographers, geographers and the military were able, long before the ethnologists, to engage in all kinds of work which attracts the interest of present investigators: reports, mapping, census, dictionaries—the precious instruments for observers of small, non-literate societies.
WL Order Code 22021
Bangkok 1999, first English trans. of 1897; 278 pp., illus., 4 pp. maps, 150 x 210 mm, 0.490 kg
Roux, Emile; Searching for the Sources of the Irrawaddy
Roux’s account is one of the reports of an overland trip from Hanoi to Calcutta through an area that was identified as containing the sources of the Irrawaddy River as well as those of some of the other great rivers of Indochina. The expedition was under the leadership of Prince Henri d’Orléans and the author, a geographer, was one of his two French companions. The book elaborates on the trade routes of the region and on the various tribesmen living in the localities the expedition passed through. Tibet and the Salween River Valley are among the new territories described by this French expedition, together with the Upper Mekong Valley which was then unexplored by Westerners. Numerous new species of monkeys, birds, and other animals and plants were collected. The main contribution of this travelogue however, lies in the geographical work of the author and in his determination of the exact location of the sources of the Irrawaddy River.
Clark, Carol; Seeing Red
The book is based on the author’s first hand experience working for one of Bangkok’s largest gem trading companies. It documents the ruby trade in Burma, Thailand, and Vietnam. Called ma naw na ya in Burma—“Wish-fulfilling stones”—rubies are believed to grant their wearer’s wishes. Both the trader’s modern-day mysteries and old traditions are the subject of this inside view.
Aye, Henri-Andre; Shan Conundrun in Burma, The
The Shan Conundrum in Burma is the personal account of historical and political events over a span of sixty years from 1940s to the early 2000s. The author, a son of the Shan politician Namkham U Htun Aye who had served as Member of Parliament, state minister, and head of Shan State from the late 1940s until the mid 1970s, recounts what had happened during the tumultuous years in which his father was politically involved. Blessed with a keen interest in current affairs, Henri-André Aye reveals the racial and political problems the country is facing currently in lively anecdotes and astute observations.
WL Order Code 22171
Bangkok 2001, repr. from 1910 384 pp., 72 pp. illus., 150 x 210 mm, 0.560 kg
Milne, Leslie; Shans at Home: Burma's Shan States in the Early 1900s
This reprint offers a colorful account of the Shan States, where the author, Mrs. Leslie Milne, lived from 1906-1907, six months in Hsipaw and then fifteen months in the Namkhain valley of the Shweli River. For most of the time she was the only foreign resident; being a member of the Royal Asiatic Society and Bombay Natural History Society no doubt prepared her to live the life of an explorer to the full. She studied most aspects of Shan life, particularly family life, illustrating her observations with a host of remarkable photographs. Language, folklore, villagers at work, crafts, medicine and charms, Shan cosmology, are all discussed in lively anecdotes, peppered with astute observations. Blessed with such a keen interest in all that crosses her path, she happily sprinkles her account with critical remarks about this simple life, and of the British for their failure to cash in on their empire building. Her passion for textiles and her other preferred pastime—natural history—led her to record natural dyes and products, and nature in general, noting that both were already losing out, albeit to German rather than British traders. The book is enhanced by two chapters on the history and literature of the Shan States by the Reverend Wilbur Willis Cochrane.
WL Order Code 8813
New Delhi 2004, 285 pp., illus., 23 pp. illus. in col., 1 map, 190 x 250 mm, 0.720 kg
Singer, Noel F.; Sorcerer-King and That "Great Abortion" at Mingun, The
In 1790, Badon Min, the sorcerer-king of Myanmar (Burma) embarked on a project to create the Mingun pagoda, which, if completed would have been higher than the Great Pyramid in Egypt. This tyrant and his sycophantic court inhabited an exotic and rigorously feudal world: Mi the City of Immortals, where glittering ceremonials were a way of life. But beneath this ostensibly benign exterior lurked a nightmarish realm of sorcery, spells and death by ceremonial drowning. Adopted Hindu gods and indigenous spirits dominated the lives of everyone. The spin-doctors at court were unsurpassed, and spun fabulous tales regarding their Master of the Celestial Weapon who “like unto the kings of the universe who governed the four great islands of the solar system were versed in charms and spells of fourteen descriptions”. And despite being the son of a peasant claimed descent from the Emperor Asoka of India no less. So deluded was he by his cronies in the occult arts, he even declared himself to be Maitreya the Merciful Buddha. Yet over a period of thirty-seven years, he was responsible for the death of thousands. Despite this some authors still portray him as an unblemished and oh-so-pious being. The author has delved into previously unavailable indigenous records and contemporary foreign accounts to produce a warts and all portrait of Badon Min, his achievements, murderous indiscretions and failures. And in the process has uncovered sex scandals and vital evidence that the impossibly ambitious Mingun project was never completed. The text is enriched with many illustrations by the author, together with other rare unpublished material, which brings to life the colorful reign of this extraordinarily volatile man and the personalities, who came into contact with him.
WL Order Code 5241
Berkeley 1989, repr. from 1964; 238 pp., 140 x 215 mm, 0.365 kg
King, Winston L.; Thousand Lives Away: Buddhism in Contemporary Burma, A
The portrait presented here is essentially that of Burmese Buddhism “on the hoof”, as it is practiced by the rank and file of lay Buddhists, mirroring the world as perceived through traditionalist Buddhist eyes. For the most part it is a strange world to Western perceptions—one almost from another planet, one “a thousand lives away” from it, one of karma, endless rebirths, nats and pagodas.
WL Order Code 21243
Bangkok 1988 532 pp., illus., 8 maps, 150 x 210 mm, 0.980 kg
Hallet, Holt S.; Thousand Miles on an Elephant in the Shan State, A
This text presents an excellent overview of the topography, economy, peoples, customs, legends and local histories of Northern Thailand in the latter part of the nineteenth century. Consequently, it is immensely valuable to anyone interested in the area and has long been recognized for its merit by scholars. The book, first published in 1890, resulted from Hallet’s thorough fact-finding mission through the region in 1876 when he was searching for the best route for a railway by which British goods could be transported from Burma to Thailand, and more importantly, to China. The information which he carefully compiled makes this book an important reference source even today.
WL Order Code 22315
Bangkok 2002, repr. from 1860 363 pp., 4 pp. illus., 150 x 210 mm, 0.500 kg
Gouger, Henry; Two Years Imprisonment in Burma (1824-26): A Personal Narrative of Henry Gouger
Gouger, a British merchant, witnessed at first hand the traumatic effects of the first Anglo-Burmese war on the Court and population of the Kingdom of Ava. He was jailed in Let Ma Yoon prison in Ava where he spent two years on death row, along with six others suspected of being spies, one of whom was Dr. Adoniram Judson, whose life and work is well documented elsewhere. The author offers a unique account of a crucial period in the history of Burma, which is valuable for historians, scholars, researchers and students alike. Having rendered his experiences into a book 35 years after the events, Gouger takes care to explain the local context, providing carefully selected and informative observations, with much thought for the Burmese themselves.
WL Order Code 9579
New Delhi 2008, 233 pp., 2 pp. maps, 28 pp. illus. in col., 190 x 250 mm, 0.900 kg
Singer, Noel F.; Vaishali and the Indianization of Arakan
A rather comprehensive description of a little-known Indianized kingdom in Arakan. The book includes history, traces of Buddhism, inscriptions, court rites, coins, religious beliefs and museum introductions.
WL Order Code 22683
Bangkok 2013 105 pp., illus, 150 x 210 mm., 0.195 kg
Ahmed, Iftekhar; Vanishing Traces, The: Vernacular Housing of the Chittagong Hill Tracts
is a study of eleven minorities in the Chittagong Hill Tracts region of Bangladesh and their dwellings. It is a unique documentation of this architecture. The region in the southeast of Bangladesh, facing the Arakan region of Burma, is a hilly part of this otherwise largely flat country. It is the home of a number of Tibeto-Burman tribal groups, quite different from the mainstream Bangladeshi population. The vernacular housing of these communities is also unique and adapted sustainably to the hilly context, but for a variety of reasons is undergoing transformation, particularly the influence of the housing patterns of the mainstream population of the floodplains. The Chittagong Hill Tract housing styles and techniques are a valuable cultural resource; it is important to have a record of them before they vanish. This book brings together a compilation of the housing patterns of eleven of the main ethnic groups, including extensive photographs and drawings. A key question regarding the future uncertainty of the vernacular housing of these communities is ultimately posed: Will this unique and valuable cultural resource be eventually subsumed within the broader social, cultural and economic transformations that are not only local, but global?
WL Order Code 21301
Bangkok 1989, 269 pp., illus., by author, 165 x 215 mm, 0.600 kg
Aung Aung Taik; Visions of Shwedagon
The biography of a Burmese painter exiled in the USA. When a sensitive man, a painter and Buddhist, is separated from his homeland, culture and co-religionists by the universal experience of emigration, what happens to him? Aung Aung Taik underwent that experience. Ranging from the social elite of Burmese society to the fast-food supermarket culture of America, this treatise overcomes the past through love. It hands down as instructive a guide as any young painter could want on the genesis of that craft and its relationship to Buddhist teaching. An Asian in America, an artist in the world, few modern writers explore so profoundly the immediate and personal meaning of dharma.
WL Order Code 22276
Bangkok 2003, repr. from 1897; 513 pp., 66 pp. illus., 20 pp. maps, 135 x 210 mm, 1.000 kg
Bird, G. W.; Wanderings in Burma
An early guidebook from the late 19th century. Contains information on the country, its people, old cities, and many holy sites. The first part includes chapters on: Geographical Summary, Shan States, General Information, Languages of Burma, The Burmese Language, Religion in Burma, Chief Towns of Burma, Historical Summary, Burmese Administration, The Irrawaddy Flotilla Company and List of Important Personages. The second part traces 24 routes through Burma: Rangoon and environs, Excursions from Rangoon, Rangoon to Pegu, Rangoon to Prome by Rail, Prome and Environs, Rangoon to Bassein, Rangoon to Prome by River, Rangoon to Moulmein, Rangoon or Moulmein to Tavoy and Mergui, Rangoon to Akyab by Coasting Steamer, Mandalay to Prome by Steamer, Mandalay City or Fort Dufferin, To Sagaing, Amarapura, Mingun, Ava, Shwebo, Pagan, Mandalay to Bahmo by Steamer, Rangoon to Mandalay by Rail, Mandalay to Mogaung by Rail, Pakokku to Kindat and Homalhi, and Mandalay to May Myo.
WL Order Code 22015
Bangkok 1998, repr. from 1911; 150 pp., 8 pp. illus., 150 x 210 mm, 0.240 kg
P. B., E. M.; Year on the Irrawaddy, A
This account was written by the wife of an oil-boat captain plying the trade on the Irrawaddy River in Burma. It is the unassuming tale of the hard lives of sailors and shore men alike. The turn of the century, when this wife took the unusual step of following her husband on board for most of her time in Burma, saw many changes in the daily life on the river: not least those caused by a small boom in trading and in the exploitation of primary resources by British companies. The many anecdotes in this account make for a colorful and insightful picture of the life of those who were living outside the colonial circles and high officialdom that are usually the subjects of expatriates’ reports of a tour of duty in the colony. Today’s travelers to Burma may find this book interesting and useful comparative material and will, no doubt, notice how little has changed in the lives of the common people with the passing of regimes and doctrines.