Is it in India? Colonial Burma as a 'problem' in South Asian history

Jonathan Saha
2015 South Asian History and Culture  
Despite being governed as an integral part of the Indian Empire for over fifty years, it is commonplace for historians to consider Myanmar/Burma as a distinct entity beyond what is usually taken to be South Asia. This is a heuristic separation indulged by both scholars of colonial India and colonial Burma and is in part a legacy of the territorial assumptions of Area Studies. Recently new geographic frameworksÑparticularly the Indian Ocean, Eurasia and ZomiaÑhave begun to undermine the basis of
more » ... ermine the basis of this artificial division. Building on these insights, this essay argues that the apparent distinctiveness of the Burmese experience of the Raj might be a useful problem for historians of colonial India to think with.
doi:10.1080/19472498.2015.1109310 fatcat:i52fswyvkvdehem6mwidbgt44m