Mon Nationalism and Civil War in Burma

The Golden Sheldrake

By Mr Ashley South

© 2002 – Routledge

448 pages

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Hardback: 9780700716098
pub: 2002-10-03
US Dollars$190.00

About the Book

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

Table of Contents

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

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Asia / Southeast Asia
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General