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Monographs in International Studies. Southeast Asian Series #102: Myth and History in the Historiography of Early Burma: Paradigms, Primary Sources, and Prejudicesby Michael A. Aung-thwin
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After careful re-reading and analysis of original Old Burmese and other primary sources, the author discovered that four out of the five events considered to be the most important in the history of early Burma, and believed to have been historically accurate, are actually late-nineteenth and twentieth-century inventions of colonial historians caught in their own intellectual and political world.
Only one of these is a genuine indigenous Burmese myth, but it too has been embellished by modern historians.
The author discusses each of these five myths and concludes with an assessment of the current situation in Burma in the context of the new myths springing up today, thereby bringing the thirteenth century into the twentieth.
Book News Annotation:
Traces the history of five key events that took place during the Kingdom of Pagan of early Burma in order to disentangle myth from history, and reveals that four of these events are actually inventions of late 19th- and 20th-century colonial historians caught in their own intellectual and political world. A fifth event is an indigenous Burmese myth, embellished by modern historians. Demonstrates the subtle relationships that exist between the historian's own social, political, and academic perspectives and historiography.
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