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- DescriptionThis volume covers a region which witnessed fierce competition between Britain and France during the 19th century, as each sought to establish a southern trade route into China while at the same time continuing the vigorous and occasionally belligerent jockeying for local political pre-eminence which had begun in earnest during the Napoleonic Wars. By the 1880s this rivalry had resulted in a clear and distinct division of mainland South-East Asia into British Burma in the west, and the French Union Indochiise- modern Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos - in the east. Only Siam (modern Thailand) retained its independence, preserved as a 'buffer state' between their conquests by the rival powers. Burma was overrun by the British in a series of three wars (1824-26, 1852-53, and 1885), and was formally annexed in 1886. The principal phase of French occupation of their own zone of influence took from 1858 until 1893, and ended when a military collision with Siam brought about the very real risk of war with Britain (only brought to an end in 1896 after two years of tense negotiation). This volume provides information on all of these military events, as well as describing t only the regular armies of the major native states- the Kingdom of Ava (Burma), Cambodia, the Lao States, Siam, and Vietnam - but also the arms and dress of the region's various mirity peoples, in particular the Shans, Karens, Kachins, and Wa.
- Author(s)Ian Heath
- PublisherFoundry Books
- Date of Publication28/04/2003
- SubjectMilitary History
- Place of PublicationNottingham
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintFoundry Books
- Content NoteIllustrations include 168 b/w drawings of warriors and soldiers, 68 other illustrations, and nine maps.
- Weight1021 g
- Width215 mm
- Height305 mm
- Spine19 mm
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