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The Evacuation of Civilians from Burma


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Abbreviations Lists of Tables and Maps, and a note on Place-names List of Illustrations Introduction: Setting the scene Part 1: Socio-political undercurrents 1. Facts, figures and guesstimates 2. Politics: unprepared for everything 3. The Indian Question Part 2: Sturm, drang and mass evacuation 4. Rangoon: the big bang 5. Taungup 6. Escape by sea, river, air, road and train 7. Mandalay, Maymyo and the Oilfields 8. Myitkyina: seven days that shook a world Part 3: Residues of pain 9. Internees and others who did not get away 10. Counting the cost 11. Conclusion: trekking towards an imperfect future Glossary Bibliography Index

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A critical examination of the evacuation of civilians from Burma, exploring the connection between domestic politics, colonial society and the events of 1942.

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Michael D. Leigh is Research Associate at SOAS, University of London, UK.


This is a fine volume and will make a useful addition to the library of any scholar interested in Burma's modern history. Leigh has done a fine job identifying archival materials and making use of the wide array of primary sources available. * Journal of Contemporary History *

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