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NBSEAS talks to Jonathan Saha on “Colonizing Animals: Interspecies Empire in Myanmar” – New Mandala


Colonial Myanmar was teeming with animals, each wild and domesticated. Yet few histories have devoted shut consideration to the significance of animals to British colonial rule in Myanmar. Jonathan Saha’s new e book, Colonizing Animals: Interspecies Empire in Myanmar (Cambridge UP, 2021), does precisely this. According to Saha, imperialism was an “interspecies affair”. Colonial empires would have been inconceivable with out the human mobilization and administration of varied animal species to first conquer, after which to keep up these empires. Saha brings collectively the rising subject of animal research with the extra established subject of postcolonial research to supply a brand new historical past of colonial Myanmar the place the connection between people and animals is entrance and centre. In doing so, Saha highlights the significance of the lives of “non-human” animals in how we perceive Southeast Asian historical past.

Patrick Jory teaches Southeast Asian History within the School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry on the University of Queensland. He will be reached at: [email protected]

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