Item description for The Traveller's History of Burma (Orchid Guides) by Garry Abbott...
This is the first book in the series THERE BEFORE YOU. Gerry Abbott has edited and woven together an amazing array of early descriptions of Burma by travellers of what you can see "there before you" by those that were "there before you". The author, who lived in Mandalay in the 1980's has researched past travellers' descriptions thoroughly , and has elegantly tied them together in a vivid history of Burma. The book has an extensive bibliography and an index, and is useful for students, interested laymen as well as intelligent travellers!
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A Disappointment Jun 12, 2000
This book is a collection of some 100 quotes culled from a variety of sources. The quotes are woven together by a text which covers roughly the 14th to the 20th century of the history of Burma, now called Myanmar. The result is a combination patchwork of facts and opinions that unfortunately are not only often incoherent but sometimes appear bias in nature For example, very little mention is made of the brutal 2 year war waged by the British to wrench control of Upper Burma from native hands. In this regard the reader cannot help but note what may be interpreted as a pro-British stance. Because of the disjointed nature of this Burma history I found it difficult to follow and ultimately tiresome. There is a bibliography of the works quoted as well as a list of the works which were consulted.
A great book for Burmaphiles Jan 10, 2000
This volume assembles a wide range of travel writings on Burma many of which would be impossible for the nonspecialist to find. Mr Abbott has done a great service for Burmaphiles and armchair travellers alike. Only wish a hardcover were available. Buy this one!