with Jonathan Saha, Department of History, University of Durham
The Hsaya San Rebellion swept through colonial Myanmar between 1930 and 1932. It took eighteen months and over seven-thousand Indian Army troops to suppress. Triggered by acute pressures in the agrarian economy compounded by a global fall in rice prices, the violence of the revolt cannot be fully explained by this crisis alone. Bands of peasant rebels massacred Indians; not only moneylenders but cattle-herders, who were themselves a precarious and marginal rural community. These massacres are not easy to interpret. Revisiting the insurgency through the growing literature on racial capitalism provides a framework for understanding peasants’ racialized violence.
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