It is a movie you will not forget. A longer volume would have given this complicated topic more justice. He is able to present history as dramatic stories made up of vivid scenes. How should we think about the continuing war between Rangoon and ethnic minority-based insurgencies? How should we think about the continuing war between Rangoon and ethnic minority-based insurgencies? This book traces the history of Burma from the earliest days up until the start of the 21st century 2005. And what can Burma's past tell us about the present and even its future? Many went to study abroad -- often with the typical sense of inferiority suffered by those from the colonies when they first are confronted with mother England.
And what can Burma's past tell us about the present and even its future? The River of Lost Footsteps is a work both personal and global, a distinctive contribution that makes Burma accessible and enthralling. The River of Lost Footsteps is a work both personal and global, a distinctive contribution that makes Burma accessible and enthralling. Bordered by two mighty empires in the north-east and north-west, impressive array of kingdoms in the east and sea routes of pirates, ancient mariners and foreign naval powers along the south, I can appreciate the violence that have pervaded this country that we have come to know as Myanmar today. Nothing like the reaction to the massacre at Tiananmen Square a year later. This is my first reading o Trudging down the road of lost footsteps again.
And on his father's side, the author is descended from a long line of courtiers who served at Burma's Court of Ava for nearly two centuries. If you're going to read a book about the country, I think this is a great place to start. The book provides a sophisti-cated and much-needed account of the period, and as such will be an important resource for policy-makers and students as a basis for understanding contemporary politics and the chal-lenges of the modern state. One interesting side note: I had read in Charles Mann's 1493 about samurai guarding silver shipments in Mexico. Fantastic read from start to finish.
I should also note that Thant considers the current sanctions regime to be utterly useless and counter-productive, given that they maintain Burma's isolation, exacerbate its poverty, and do little to harm the interests of the government. In the preface, he discusses his graduate work in modern history. Thant eloquently and mournfully recites the dismal history of the last half century and, in analyzing the country's nascent democracy movement, holds out only the slimmest of hopes for a better future. From that perspective modern history of Burma is a rather natural extension of its past. In The River of Lost Footsteps, Thant Myint-U tells the story of modern Burma, in part through a telling of his own family's history, in an interwoven narrative that is by turns lyrical, dramatic, and appalling.
Ignorance about what happened in the past and its influence on Burmese society makes it impossible to reach a solution. One correction: The correct date for the Portuguese travel writer Duarte Barbosa is the 1500s, not the 1600s. It is a 'personal history', written for general consumption, by one of the world's leading historians of Burma, and is a magnificent book in both a popular and academic sense. But there was no pronounced outcry, certainly not from the general public, in Europe or in North America. It was also a little confusing trying to get a handle on the various parties involved in teh civil war, so I gave up a bit at that point.
Overall it is a very good read. He makes the point Burmese issues are debated with a short-term point of view. This fluency is reflected in his writing. Moreover, the book has an easy and enjoyable reading with details of interesting and picturesque characters who were part of the history of the country as: King Mindon, King Thinbaw, Prime Minister U Nu, U Thant and General Ne Win. Thant needs to release his inner Paul Theroux more often. Elections have never been held across the entire country, and no government has been able to conduct a proper census.
For the grandson of U Thant, one of the most revered figures in modern Burmese history, to criticize both the hero of Burmese independence and his daughter, by far the most popular living Burmese, is a considerable act of courage. The more distant history through much of the beginning can be a little dry, yet he does a good job of pointing out how this history influenced modern day Myanmar. Her nerdy interests include sociolinguistics, language revitalization, teacher books, fantasy, realistic fiction, and cosplaying at local conventions. A country captivating by its history and the enormous cultural diversity. Thant Myint-U is the author of Where China Meets India and has written articles for the New York Times, the Washington Post and the New Statesman. The country has an astonishing history.
This is apparent from the start. It is especially worthwhile to read the book until the point of the military junta - it's clear, succinct and interesting. In teaching largely refugee populations, one of my top priorities is to learn more about the histories and cultures of my students. Trying to meet all your book preview and review needs. I would recommend this book, but give yourself plenty of time to read slowly and thoughtfully.
It was bad enough to endure the slights and the snubs, especially for the educated class that revered British culture and the British political system, but to be nothing more than a minor Indian province was truly upsetting. He made contact with his old colleagues. Burma is so much more than Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. Trade and more engagement, especially more tourism, might let in badly needed light and air. It is also the sight of the longest-running conflict in the world. Because of this, I was excited to discover the book A River of Lost Footsteps: Histories of Burma by Thant Myint-U. I now understand how classes of people can be put into oblivion.
There is, perhaps, not enough about the current regime and what makes it tick , but Thant certainly offers up enough of interest and concern to make for a worthwhile read. The British sent battleships up the Irrawaddy River under General Prendergast and with little resistance deposed King Thibaw. He must be congratulated for reminding us how Burma once connected to the world and how it reached its present predicament that is so wasteful, so unnecessary, so sad. Everyone must submit to the state which is supreme over the individual. The British empire found Burma painful to acquire; in today's dollars it probably spent over 10 billion dollars on the project -- as much as it cost to conquer the whole Indian subcontinent. In the year 2000, when Burma was still under the thumb of the military dictatorship, I spent some time there.