In this seminar I will report on work in progress on the Shan rebellion that broke out in northern Siam in 1902. After giving a brief outline of the rebellion I will discuss the amazing “Myngoon Plot” that was uncovered during Siamese investigations. Prince Myngoon was the son (one of many) of the penultimate King of Burma, Mindon. In 1866 he staged a rebellion against Mindon and, following the rebellion, lived in exile for the rest of his life. In 1902 he was living under French protection in Saigon. Could Myngoon have engineered a rebellion in northern Siam? Probably not. But the Myngoon Plot did have some basis in fact and was not just a product of Siamese paranoia. Come along if you want to hear some tantalizing never-before-revealed details about Prince Myngoon’s links to the Shan rebellion.
About the Speaker
Andrew Walker has been working in mainland Southeast Asia since 1993 when he conducted PhD research on cross-border trading links between northern Thailand, northern Laos and southern China. For the past 12 years he has been working on issues of rural development, resource management and modernisation in northern Thailand. His new book Thailand's Political Peasants, based on ethnographic fieldwork in Chiang Mai province, was published in 2012 by University of Wisconsin Press.
Andrew is the co-founder of the New Mandala blog which provides anecdote, analysis and new perspectives on mainland southeast Asia. It is required reading for all serious scholars of the region.