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Almost Englishmen: Baghdadi Jews in British Burma Paperback – November 24, 2006
Well-written with hardly a trace of politically-correct jargon or formulaic social-science talk . . . quite literary in its style. . . . [Cernea] seems to write . . . for general readers as well as the people it directly concerns. (Asian Journal of Social Science)
Almost Englishmen offers a painstaking record of the rise, flourishing, and slow death of the prosperous community of Baghdadi Jews in Burma (today's Myanmar.) With the keen eye and sympathetic ear of the anthropologist, Cernea has gathered the memories and contemporary impressions of a lost world of merchants at once devoted to tradition and enchanted by the cosmopolitan modernity of British India. (H-Net: Humanities and Social Science Reviews Online)
This newly published volume is a delight: an easy read offering a fascinating account of the lives and times of the small but significant Jewish community―numbering some 2,100 at their peak―of Baghdadi origin in Burma (Myanmar) during and immediately after the Raj. It is illustrated with evocative photos and inventories of community members and their subsequent emigration details. (David Simon Hadashot)
The book is of interest to academics as well as non-academics who are personally committed to the history of the Jewish diaspora in South(East)-Asia. . . .Cernea’s analysis provides material for comparative anthropological as well as sociological and political research which is concerned with the establishment of religious minorities abroad. It offers a contribution to the analysis of international migratory movements in terms of patterns of assimilation, and the socio-political role and rights of religious minorities within the contexts of statehood and citizenship before and after colonialism. (Allegra: A Virtual Lab of Legal Anthropology)
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The book is a history of the Jewish people who came to Myanmar how they made the adventure and what has become if their legacy.
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Almost Englishmen and Beyond the Chindwin good reading and exactly like it was. Rangoon 1941 O.K. did not realize it was a novel with fictional characters. Read morePublished on October 31, 2013 by M.A. Thompson