Item description for The Trans-Salwin Shan State of Kiang Tung by G. J. Younghusband...
G. J. Younghusband (1859-1944) came from a family with deep roots in the Indian army and colonial service tradition. After school at Sandhurst, the young lieutenant was sent on what was no less than a spying mission in 1888 to find out the most accessible route through Siamese territory to the disputed Shan State of Keng Tung. The area was a hodgepodge of intrigue with Britain, Siam, Lan Na, the French, and of course the Shans vying for position and power. He describes in this book the land through which he passes and the characters whom he meets, and hints at the machinations of other interested parties in the region, with debonair nonchalance and a fine eye for detail.
This intriguing text, of which hitherto only two copies are known still to exist, was first published in 1888, and is here reissued with an introduction by the noted historian David K. Wyatt.
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Studio: Silkworm Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.82" Width: 5.98" Height: 0.55" Weight: 0.4 lbs.
Release Date Oct 28, 2005
Publisher Silkworm Books
ISBN 9749575784 ISBN13 9789749575789
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Burma - described by an early British spy and anthropologist Mar 17, 2007
Younghusband described his surveys around Kengtung State in eastern Burma, in 1888. His mission was to inform the British military of routes to Kengtung, in a time when Britain, France, Siamese and other southeast asian interests were in conflict over eastern Burma. His accounts of social and material culture and his sketches from life of the eastern Shan people are of interest - the current regime in Burma (Myanmar) has moved these into past history. The only other extensive accounts of historical Kengtung are the 1970s history and translated chronicles by Sao Saimong Mongrai, of the Kengtung dynasty.