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Burma ReduxGlobal Justice and the Quest for Political Reform in Myanmar$
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Ian Holliday

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780231161275

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231161275.001.0001

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Dependence and disintegration

Dependence and disintegration

(p.25) 1 Dependence and disintegration
Burma Redux

Ian Holliday

Columbia University Press

This chapter investigates the period in Myanmar from the 1850s to 1948 when Britain first established pervasive sway over much of the territory and then asserted full imperial control, seeking ultimately to introduce the economic, political, and social reforms required by a liberal power intent on opening its new possession to global markets. Starting with a brief overview of British Burma, the chapter then looks inside the colonial experience in terms of liberal imperialism and the nationalist reaction it provoked. The final section examines Burma in a flux in the 1940s, tracing Japanese command from 1942 to 1945 and the dying embers of British Burma from 1945 to 1948. The twin themes, inspired above all by the work of Furnivall, are the political dependence to which Burma was subjected, and the social disintegration that resulted.

Keywords:   Myanmar, Britain, British Burma, liberal imperialism, colonialism, nationalism political dependence, social disintegration

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