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Michael A. Aung-Thwin
Professor of Asian Studies at the University of Hawaii at Mano…
Michael Aung-Thwin and Maitrii Aung-Thwin
Michael and Maitrii Aung-Thwin have gone back to original sources to explain the structure of Myanmar's history in a readable, but highly informed, and original single volume.' In A History of Myanmar since Ancient Times, Michael Aung-Thwin and Maitrii Aung-Thwin take us from the sacred stupas of the plains of Bagan to the grand, colonial-era British mansions, revealing the storied past and rich culture of this country. The book traces the traditions and transformations of Myanmar over nearly three millennia, from the relics of its Neolithic civilization to the protests of Buddhist monks in the early twentieth century, the colonial era of British rule and the republic that followed. The authors also consider the present-day life, culture and society of the largest country in mainland Southeast Asia and examine the 2010 elections - its first in over twenty years. The most comprehensive history of Myanmar ever published in the English language, this book makes a significant contribution to our understanding of Southeast Asian history and will surprise, challenge and inform in equal measure. Michael Aung-Thwin is Chair and Professor of the Asian Studies Program at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa. He is the author of The Mists of Ramanna: The Legend that was Lower Burma (2005) and co-editor of New Perspectives on the History and Historiography of Southeast Asia: Continuing Explorations (2011).
Asia Sentinel - A City in the Burmese Junta's Image
Michael Aung-Thwin, a Professor of Asian Studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, says the relocation of the capital is seen by the junta as a move back into the historical, cultural and geographic heart of Burma.
Naypyidaw lies close to - and has all but absorbed - the township of Pyinmana, which lies at the historical heart of the country. In relocating the capital from Rangoon, which served as the capital under British rule, Aung-Thwin suggests the move represents a concerted rejection of Burma's colonial past.
For scholars and other educated readers genuinely interested in, and concerned about the affairs and people of Myanmar, this book is required reading.' -Michael Aung-Thwin, Professor of Asian Studies, University of Hawai'i at Manoa and author of, inter alia, The Mists of Ramanna: the Legend that was Lower Burma.
In the letter, "Exploiting a Human Tragedy," published on June 1, Michael Aung-Thwin, a professor of Asian Studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, alleged US-based foundations, such as the Soros Foundation and the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), were behind the monk-led mass demonstrations last September. As evidence, he cited their awarding grants of US $40,000 to Burmese monasteries. "This was to be used for ‘education' [of] Burmese monks about how to hold ‘democratic' demonstrations," he claimed."Is it any surprise the riots led by a small group of bogus monks and ‘outlaw monasteries' occurred shortly thereafter? "The US even has a head of the Sangha-Buddhist Church ready to be installed if there is the regime change it wants," he said.Win Min, a Burmese political observer in Chiang Mai, Thailand, said he disagreed with Prof Aung-Thwin's unsupported charges that the mass demonstrations were created by the US. "The root of the mass demonstrations last September was mass outrage about the misrule by the Burmese military junta," Win Min said."So Prof Aung-Thwin's writing on Burmese monks in the letter was quite groundless." "Why did Aung-Thwin not raise the need for the [Burmese] military to accept relief efforts from anyone who could remedy the suffering of the people he says he represents?"he asked. A Burmese researcher on Burma's civil society who is based in Rangoon said if Aung-Thwin thinks the situation in Burma is not bad and Western actions made it worse, he should come back to Burma and live as a normal Burmese citizen. He said Prof Aung-Thwin allegations in an international media outlet offered support to the junta's claim that the US attempts to directly interfere in Burma's internal affairs and those who undertake pro-democracy activities in Burma are destructive elements.