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The Return of the Galon King: History, Law, and Rebellion in Colonial Burma (Ohio RIS Southeast Asia Series) Paperback – November 22, 2010
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An important contribution to Myanmar studies, historiography, and social science methodology.”
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About the Author
Maitrii Aung-Thwin is an assistant professor of Southeast Asian History at the National University of Singapore.
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However, he doesn't do as nearly a good job at providing an alternative explanation. After Aung-Thwin goes through several of the proffered historical explanations, he seems to settle on an interpretation emphasizing the revolt's millennial aspects. Still, it's not clear how Aung-Thwin thinks we should view the event, just how we shouldn't.
Another concern I had with the book was that Aung-Thwin spends very little time discussing the broader literature on peasant rebellions. The political science discipline has produced much about peasant revolts across a variety of countries, which might have provided insights into the Saya San revolt. This is a gaping hole that hopefully future Burma researchers can address.