Michael Charney (University of London - SOAS)
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Dr. Michael W. Charney
Department of History
SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies)
University of London
London WC1H 0XG UNITED KINGDOM
Description of work:
I am currently a member of the Department of History, School of
Oriental and African Studies (U. of London), where I teach Southeast
Asian History. My research focuses upon the premodern cultural
(inc. religious and literary) history of Burma, Southeastern Bengal,
and the Straits of Melaka and the role of migration and settlement
patterns in Burma's early modern history. I have special research
interests in the history of the Dawei, Chinese, Mon, and Rakhine in
Burma and in the migration of Burmese abroad (particularly to Penang,
Singapore, Kyushu, and North America). Prior to joining the faculty at
SOAS, I held a postdoctoral fellowship with the Centre for Advanced
Studies and the Institute of Asian Research (Singapore), where I
conducted research on issues of cultural globalization, Burmese and
Chinese transnational migration and their cultural adaptation to host
societies, and the emergence of religious identities/communalism in
Southeast Asia. Other research interests include the history of
indigenous science and technology in Asia, particularly technologies
involved in Southeast Asia's coastal and river shipping, and the
history of indigenous Southeast Asian warfare.
List of Publications:
Keywords: Arakan, Burma, History, Religion, Migration, Melaka, Bengal
M. Charney. 2000. "A Reinvestigation of Konbaung-era Burman
Historiography on the Relationship between Arakan and Ava (Upper
Burma)." Journal of Asian History 34.1: 53-68.
M. Charney. 1999. "Where Jambudipa and Islamdom Converged: Religious
Change and the Emergence of Buddhist Communalism in Early Modern
Arakan." Ph.D. Dissertation. University of Michigan.
M. Charney. 1999. "Problematics and Paradigms in Historicizing the
Overseas Chinese in the Nineteenth- and Twentieth-century Straits and
Burma." 54: 93-106.
M. Charney. 1998. "Crisis and Reformation in a Maritime Kingdom of
Southeast Asia: Forces of Instability and Political Disintegration in
Western Burma (Arakan), 1603-1701." Journal of the Economic and Social
History of the Orient 41: 185-219.
M. Charney. 1998. "Rise of a Mainland Trading State: Rakhine Under the
Early Mrauk-U Kings, c. 1430-1603." Journal of Burma Studies 3: 1-35.
M. Charney. 1997. "Shallow-draft Boats, Guns, and the Aye-ra-wa-ti:
Continuity and Change in Ship Structure and River Warfare in
Precolonial Myanma." Oriens Extremus 40, no. 1: 16-63.
M. Charney. 1997. "The Burmese." In The Encyclopedia of American
Immigrant Cultures. New York: MacMilland Press.
M. Charney. 1994: "The 1598-99 Siege of Pegu and the Expansion of
Arakanese Imperial Power into Lower Burma." Journal of Asian History