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Title Page

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Copyright

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Contents

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Maps and Illustrations

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Preface

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pp. xi-xiii

The galon, more popularly known as the garuda, is a well-recognized figure in the iconography and literature of Hindu-Buddhist Southeast Asia. Sometimes described as half-man and half-raptor, the galon is best known as the celestial vehicle of Vishnu, one of the three great deities of the Brahmanic universe. Embedded in the region’s temple...

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xv-xx

At its core, this book is interested in how histories are made and how circumstances affect the way pasts are remembered. Thinking about history from this perspective is the result of many intellectual and personal experiences that began in the heartland of the United States and has taken me—inevitably it now seems—back to the Southeast Asia...

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ONE. Introduction

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pp. 1-46

By all accounts, there was little reason to worry. The acting governor, Joseph Maung Gyi, was touring several rural districts and had even conducted a successful durbar (meeting) in Tharrawaddy—one of the more notoriously violent districts in recent years—without incident.1 Although local village leaders and notables had petitioned...

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TWO. Textualizing Rebellion: Remembering Kings and an Ethnology of Revolt

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pp. 47-75

As the first reports began to filter in from Tharrawaddy, a district three hours from Rangoon, it became clear that officials had underestimated the scope and breadth of the violence that had erupted just north of the capital.1 Telegrams to Rangoon hastily stated that while the violence in Tharrawaddy District, “where outbreaks are not...

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THREE. Legislating Rebellion: Ethnology and the Formation of Counter-Insurgency Law

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pp. 76-105

If one were to focus exclusively on the series of telegrams, letters, and reports that have been associated with the earliest accounts of the Rebellion, it would appear that notions of Burmese kingship were informing the character of the uprising in Tharrawaddy, reconfirming the template established earlier by administrative gazetteers and...

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FOUR. Adjudicating Rebellion: The Trial of Saya San

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pp. 106-138

Armed with new legislative and judicial powers, Rangoon officials began to apply their newly secured administrative capabilities toward framing and implementing counter-insurgency policy and strategy. The appointment of a Special Rebellion Tribunal, among several other initiatives, followed closely the blueprint outlined in the...

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FIVE. Codifying Rebellion: Origins of a Resistance Narrative

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pp. 139-159

The sentencing and execution of Saya San in November 1931 did not mark the end of the Rebellion for the colonial administration as new outbreaks continued to emerge in districts throughout Upper Burma and the Shan States. As a result, legislative powers were extended and subsequent Special Tribunals would oversee the trials of hundreds of...

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SIX. Interpreting Rebellion: Binary Structures and Colonial Remains

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pp. 160-190

The publishing of The Origins and Causes of the Burma Rebellion (1930–1932) and its eventual distribution to relevant government libraries and offices marked for all intents and purposes the administrative end of the Rebellion.1 To Rangoon officials, the process of compiling the report satisfied requests from Parliament to account...

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SEVEN. Sanctifying Rebellion: Colonial Discourses and Southeast Asian Resistance

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pp. 191-215

The lingering presence of the official narrative and its prescriptive structures within scholarship highlights the intimate relationship between colonial documentation projects and postcolonial research. Scholars broadened the manner in which we thought about the Saya San Rebellion by reinterpreting past assessments, shifting our...

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EIGHT. Remembering Rebellion: Museums, Monks, and the Military

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pp. 216-226

The transformation of what early colonial administrators described as a local disturbance into what later scholars would deem a religious experience highlights the many ways in which the Saya San Rebellion was shaped by a variety of historical contexts and intellectual perspectives. Whether local in nature or representative of a wider...

Bibliography

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pp. 227-241

Index

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pp. 243-247