Lost Footsteps
Lost Footsteps

Explorations in Myanmar and global history

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Yangon, Global City (1853-1962)

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Contemporary Myanmar and the World (1962-2018)

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1856

room United States

The dawn of Myanmar-US relations
The dawn of Myanmar-US relations
Official Myanmar-US relations began in 1856 with a letter from King Mindon to Franklin Pierce, the 14th President of the United States. King Mindon's modernization drive was then in full swing. Over the next 15 years he tried to reform all aspects of government, fundamentally changing the revenue system and reforming administrative structures, minted coins, sent students to Europe (and appointed them to high positions on their return), setup the first factories and expanded the oil industry (one of the...

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The aim of this website is to promote interest in Myanmar's amazing history.Our hope is to challenge the often two-dimensional and uncritical views of history taught in Myanmar by reexamining key periods in the country's past. We would like as well to reveal the rich multicultural nature of Myanmar's history and its deep and ongoing ties to global events and trends.Finally, this website will also delve into the history of neighbouring regions, such as Yunnan in China and the Northeast in India, in the hope of introducing these places to a Myanmar audience.We believe that meeting Myanmar's many challenges today will require fresh imaginative thinking. This is turn will only be possible with a clear and critical understanding of Myanmar and global history.

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