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Richard Jackson

different kind of political community unconnected to the European history and culture that the Pilgrim Fathers escaped from – expresses the collective belief that Americans are a special people (see Hughes 2003). Officials have tapped into this national myth by suggesting that the suffering caused by the attacks is unique and special; America is an exceptional kind of victim. One of the purposes of

in Writing the war on terrorism
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Michael D. Leigh

called upon Buddhist missionaries to go out into towns and villages to campaign against Christianity. Modernism revolutionised attitudes to suffering, poverty, nirvana and the like. Whereas traditional Buddhism represented ‘suffering’ as ‘cosmic suffering’, ‘modernists’ borrowed ideas from Marx, Nietzsche and European Christian Socialists to transform it into ‘social suffering’. Similarly the ‘modernist’ politician Thakin Kodaw Hmain assured Buddhists that if they fought for independence from British rule they could gain

in Conflict, politics and proselytism
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Michael D. Leigh

hard to distinguish one European from another. They all looked, sounded and smelled the same, lived in the same tree-lined civil lines (the more prosperous section of colonial Mandalay in which European Civilians lived), retreated to Kalaw during the hot season, had their babies in Maymyo Civil Hospital and compared ayahs and punkah-wallahs over cups of Earl Grey tea. In times of danger, Europeans closed rank and huddled together for mutual protection. 7 The Wesleyan missionaries enjoyed hobnobbing with the colonial top

in Conflict, politics and proselytism