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The Evacuation of Civilians from Burma : Analysing the 1942 Colonial Disaster - Michael D. Leigh

The Evacuation of Civilians from Burma

Analysing the 1942 Colonial Disaster


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The string of military defeats during 1942 marked the end of British hegemony in Southeast Asia, finally destroying the myth of British imperial invincibility. The Japanese attack on Burma led to a hurried and often poorly organized evacuation of Indian and European civilians from the country. The evacuation was a public humiliation for the British and marked the end of their role in Burma.

The Evacuation of Civilians from Burma investigates the social and political background to the evacuation, and the consequences of its failure. Utilizing unpublished letters, diaries, memoirs and official reports, Michael Leigh provides the first comprehensive account of the evacuation, analyzing its source in the structures of colonial society, fractured race relations and in the turbulent politics of colonial Burma.

Part I - The Tightening Screw.1. Introduction .2. Colonial Politics.3. Europeans and Europeans.4. The Japanese Invasion.Part II - The Eve of a Disaster.5. Political In-fighting.6. Chaos in Mandalay.7. The Indian Tea Association, Irrawaddy Flotilla Company and Others.Part III - Evacuation.8. Evacuation Routes, Logistics and Geography.9. Sea and Air.10. Overland Routes.11. Myitkynia: The Final Act.Part IV - Postscript.12. Exile in India.13. Occupied Burma.14. Political Legacy.Conclusion.Bibliography.Index

ISBN: 9781441140906
ISBN-10: 1441140905
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 10th April 2014
Publisher: Continuum Publishing Corporation
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 2.6
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 1