A major contribution to the literature of Burmese history and politics, this book traces the rich and tragic history of the Mon people of Burma and Thailand, from the pre-colonial era to the present day. This vivid account of ethnic politics and civil war situates the story of Mon nationalism within the 'big picture' of developments in Burma, Thailand and the region. Primarily an empirical study, it also addresses issues of identity and anticipates Burmese politics in the new millennium. A particular feature of the book is its first-hand descriptions of insurgency and displacement, drawn from the author's experiences as an aid worker in the war zone.
'Fascinating account of a people who are almost unknown outside the region, and who are stuggling to preserve their identity in a rapidly changing world.' - Journal of the Siam Society
Part I: The Mon in Burma and Thailand
Part II. Classical Mon Civilisation and the Colonial Period
Part III. Independence, Civil War and Ethnic Insurgency
Part IV. Revolutionaries, Warlords and Refugees
Part V. The Mon Ceasefire and Since
Part VI. The Sheldrake and the Peacock