This new book, A Guide to Colonial Sources on Burma: Ethnic & Minority Histories of Burma in the India Office Records, British Library, will be of interest to a good number of New Mandala readers:
Author: Mandy Sadan.
Book Description: Orchid Press, Bangkok, 2008. Hard bound. First Edition. 24.5 x 17.5 cm. 580 pp., 4 maps, indices. Price: $50.00.
Description: The India Office Records (IOR) of the British Library, in London, include perhaps the richest scholarly resources anywhere on conditions in Burma in late British colonial times. The purpose of this guide is to provide a general introduction to sources in the IOR for the study of minority histories of Burma. The guide contains extensive lists of references, but it also contains introductory comments on the structure of the India Office Records as a whole, to help researchers make the best use of this wonderful historical resource. The primary focus is on English language sources relating to the period 1824-1948, but there are also brief comments on sources outside this frame of reference.