Empire Round the Web (1 October 2017) -- RESPONSE

"Kipling’s poem captures the nostalgia of a retired serviceman looking back on his colonial service and a Burmese girl he kissed." That is a description written by someone who cannot have read the poem at all closely. It is nostalgic in tone, but the Burmese woman was 'picked up' at a Buddhist temple and taken as a concubine. She was then abandoned by the soldier upon his return to England, where he finds the housemaids of London inadequate replacements.

Looking for "United Burma" newspaper

Dear colleagues,

I'm trying to find copies of the newspaper "United Burma", published in Rangoon between c. 1907 and 1920. The paper was edited by Madanjit Viyavaharik and owned by Pranjivan Mehta, a close associate of Gandhi.

Any help in what has so far proved a rather fruitless search would be greatly appreciated!

Many thanks,

Laurence Cox

Senior Lecturer in Sociology, National University of Ireland Maynooth

RESOURCE> Conference program and epigraphical resources: From Vijayapurī to Śrīkṣetra?

Dear colleagues,

Earlier this month, a group of scholars assembled at the EFEO Center in Pondicherry for a conference on the theme "From Vijayapurī to Śrīkṣetra? The beginnings of Buddhist exchange across the Bay of Bengal". The conference program is appended below. We intend to publish the papers before too long.


Asian Highlands Perspectives is pleased to announce the publication of Volume 48: GREAT LORDS OF THE SKY: BURMA'S SHAN ARISTOCRACY by Sao Sanda Simms. Written from a Tai/Shan perspective, the intricate and often unsettled realities that existed in the Shan States from early times up to the military coup in 1962 are described in a comprehensive overview of the stresses and strains that the Shan princes endured from early periods of monarchs and wars, under British rule and Japanese occupation, and Independence and Bamar military regime.

ToC, Journal of Burma Studies volume 21 issue 1, now available online

The Table of Contents for The Journal of Burma Studies Volume 21 Number 1 (June 2017) is below. The Journal is now available online through university libraries that subscribe to Project MUSE (most North American universities do). NUS Press publishes this Journal on behalf of the Center for Burma Studies at Northern Illinois University. 

The Role of Pāli Grammar in Burmese Buddhism 
By Aleix Ruiz Falqués

Hedging against Lives’ Uncertainties and the “Theravada” Label 
By Lilian Handlin


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