Sunday, March 23, 2014

New military history research: Burma and WWII, Zionists in Palestine, and the 1921 Darfur rebellion

The Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History has three articles of interest.

Pum Khan Pau takes on the Second World War in Burma.  He looks at British influences in the Indo-Burma frontier and how those affected Burmese participation against the Japanese during WWII.  However, despite the aid given to the British, Pau argues that for the sake of geo-political relations between the Japanese and British, Burmese needs were sacrificed.
 WWII - Two British soldiers on patrol in the ruins of the Burmese town of Bahe during the advance on Mandalay.

Steven Wagner writes about Zionist terrorism against Britain from 1944-1947.  Wagner refutes the idea that Britain’s failures in Palestine were a result of intelligence failures.  He pins the blame at the policy level.  Wagner states that problems arose from a lack of understanding of the Zionist movement and from poor interactions with the Jewish Agency.    
 October 1948 - Zionist mortar team outside Zafzaf

Chris Vaughn writes about the rebellion in southern Darfur in 1921.  Vaughn states that the colonial power in Darfur tried to control the rebellion through engagement and accommodation with local societies that affected the rebellion.  However, instead of helping alleviate tensions, colonial involvement in the region added additional actors which further exacerbated the situation.

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