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The collapse of British rule in Burma : the civilian evacuation to independence

Author: Michael D Leigh
Publisher: London, UK : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, 2018. ©2018
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In May 1942 colonial Burma was in a state of military, economic and constitutional collapse. Japanese forces controlled almost the whole country and thousands of evacuees were trapped in a huge area of no-man's-land in the north. They made their way to India through the so-called 'jungles of death', attempting to trek out of Burma amidst perilous conditions. Drawing on diverse and previously unpublished accounts,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
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Leigh, Michael D.
Collapse of British Rule in Burma : Evacuation to Independence.
London : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, ©2018
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Michael D Leigh
ISBN: 9781472589743 1472589742
OCLC Number: 1042322765
Description: 1 online resource (305 pages) : illustrations, maps
Contents: Cover; Half Title; Title; Copyright; Contents; Illustration; Maps; Tables; Acknowledgements; Abbreviations; Foreword; 1 Introduction; Part One: Preamble to the Events that Occurred between 24 December 1941 and 6 May 1942; Part Two: Background to the Evacuation through Northern Burma after 6 May 1942; 2 The Chindwin Valley-Manipur Evacuation Route; 3 The Hukawng Valley to Margherita: Part One; 4 The Hukawng Valley to Margherita: Part Two; 5 The Chaukan Pass Evacuation Route; 6 The Indian Tea Association; 7 Returnees and Émigrés: India 1942-1945; 8 The Post-War Mess 9 Anglo-Burmese Relations 1942-194710 Compensation Wars: British Government versus British Interests in Burma; 11 Epilogue; Glossary of Terms; Notes; Bibliography; Private Papers; Unpublished correspondence, diaries and memoirs, India Office Records, British Library; Other archival sources; Published primary and secondary sources; Newspapers; Reports; Unpublished Dissertation; Speeches; Journal Articles; Registers; Miscellaneous Sources; Index
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In May 1942 colonial Burma was in a state of military, economic and constitutional collapse. Japanese forces controlled almost the whole country and thousands of evacuees were trapped in a huge area of no-man's-land in the north. They made their way to India through the so-called 'jungles of death', attempting to trek out of Burma amidst perilous conditions. Drawing on diverse and previously unpublished accounts, Michael D. Leigh analyses the experiences of evacuees in both Burma and India and critically examines the impact of evacuation on colonial and Burmese politics in the lead-up to independence in 1948. This study will be of particular interest to students and scholars of Burmese history, 20th-century imperialism and the global reach of the Second World War.

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