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Title: British interest in Trans-Burma trade routes to China, 1826-1876.
Author: Thaung, Ma.
ISNI:       0000 0001 3516 6930
Awarding Body: School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London)
Current Institution: SOAS, University of London
Date of Award: 1954
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This thesis portrays the interest manifested by the British in the trans-Burma trade routes to China between 1826 and 1876, within the span of half a century after the end of the First Anglo-Burmese War. A historical background to the story is given in Chapter I. Chapter II describes the period during and after the First Anglo-Burmese War in which the British displayed considerable amount of interest in the land routes across Burma. Chapter III recounts attempts made by the British Administrators of the newly acquired province of Tenasserim to regularize trade by the land routes between Burma and China. Chapter IV shows the growing interest of the British in the trans- Burma routes in the period following the Second Anglo- Burmese War* it also shows the "Pressure Groups" (Home Merchants) at work in England. The chapter concludes with an account of the 1862 Anglo-Burmese Commercial Treaty which "opened" the way to China, Among the trans-Burma trade routes which had captured British attention in the post-1852 period, the most outstanding was the Irrawaddy or Bham. o route; this theme is developed in Chapter V wherein are recorded the efforts of an enthusiast, Dr. C. Williams, and the founding of the Irrawaddy Flotilla Company. Chapters VI, VII and IX comprise details of alternatives to the Bhamo route project, such as the Kra scheme, Sprye's project, and the proposal to utilize the Saitiveen as a highway to China. Chapters VIII and X narrate the stories of the two Bhamo Expeditions undertaken between 1868 and 1875. The latter half of Chapter X discusses the significance of the Second Bhamo Expedition which ultimately brought' about the de jure opening of Western China to British trade in 1876 - an important landmark in the history of the trans-Burma trade routes to China.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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