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, and the British empire they represented, such social encounters between nationalists and imperialists were not uncommon during the interwar years. British leaders in the metropole and in India, hoping to retain control of the devolution of power, encouraged socializing among Anglo-Indian officials, Indian political leaders, and their respective wives. Recalling her meeting with the Indian

in Married to the empire

trend encouraged by capitalist strategies went far beyond the realm of entertainment: crucially, this growing audience became more aware politically. The British and French public went through distinct phases, but in both cases the entry of imperial heroes into public space loaded them with political value for several reasons. First, their action resulted from, and at the same time

in Heroic imperialists in Africa
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Politics and religion were two sides of the same coin. Wesleyan missionaries went to Upper Burma for many and complex reasons but their main purpose was to convert Burmans to Christianity. One scholar described it as a ‘corrupting’ task. 1 Another suggested that giving ‘pagan souls the same cast as our own’ was to personalise imperialism. 2 Few missions achieved the conversion targets set for them by their societies. As a result mission histories are often histories of failure. 3 Conversion rates

in Conflict, politics and proselytism
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League for Democracy (NLD) won a resounding victory. 5 SLORC refused to hand over power until it had assembled a National Convention to draw up a new constitution. Twenty years were to elapse before a convention (of sorts) was to meet. During that time the tatmadaw (Burmese armed forces) became ever more powerful, SLORC rebranded itself as State Peace and Development Council (SPDC), Burma changed its name to Myanmar and close ties were cultivated with China. 6 Political dissidence was suppressed, political

in Conflict, politics and proselytism
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essays in colonisation? Certainly the missionaries acted out microcosmic dramas against the backdrop of colonial politics and imperial wars. 4 Between the point of British Empire and counter-point of Burmese nationalism, four factions jostled for position. Seventy-seven Methodist missionaries occupy centre stage in this account. For eighty years they wrote weekly dispatches describing life, politics and events. However, they were participants as well as chroniclers. Sometimes they ruffled feathers and sometimes poured

in Conflict, politics and proselytism
Australian Aboriginal interpretations of Queen Victoria, 1881–2011

Queen Victoria as the ultimate and personal source of reserve land enduringly useful to generations of Aboriginal people? What did (and does) it mean to evoke Queen Victoria’s name when asserting claims to certain tracts of land or for authorising particular kinds of political action? What explains the long afterlife of the claim that land was given (back) to Aboriginal people in

in Mistress of everything
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, coruscating events in Rangoon eclipsed the struggles of ordinary people. The Methodist Synod in Mandalay predicted a gloomy and uncertain future. 3 The sheer scale of destruction gnawed away at post-war Burmese politics and undermined public morale. In April 1945 Holden was airlifted into Upper Burma by the Civil Affairs Service Unit (CAS(B)) and he saw for himself the ‘desolation and ruin’ in Mandalay. Harrowing stories were on everyone’s lips. Firth landed in Rangoon in November 1945. A pall of shock and excitement hung over the

in Conflict, politics and proselytism

As Chapters Three, Four and Five demonstrated, the operation of networks provided a general underpinning for Scottish activity in the West Indian empire in the later eighteenth century. The next two chapters consider more closely the functioning of this process in the political sphere. The island legislatures were responsible for introducing and discussing innovations designed to order

in Scotland, the Caribbean and the Atlantic world 1750–1820
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pretend to be, men really full of zeal for the welfare of our fellow creatures’. Although leprosy brought the lives of individual sufferers crashing down, it was not the most important health problem in Burma. It was a political issue. Winston wanted to pre-empt a Catholic Bishop who was planning a large Leper Home in Mandalay, and he promised that the Wesleyan ‘Home will be simply Christian and Protestant, nothing more’. 41 Denominational rivalry fuelled Winston’s demands for funds, but surprisingly the Missionary

in Conflict, politics and proselytism

The expansion of Scottish involvement in politics in the Caribbean mirrored the Scots’ increasingly prominent position in the imperial polity in London. Significantly, as the number of Scots acquiring political influence with the national government increased, so too did the opportunities for political advancement in the islands. Moreover, as well as providing access to

in Scotland, the Caribbean and the Atlantic world 1750–1820