chapter  4
The Colonisation of Burmese Identity
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The character of the regime was experienced by the population entirely through local officials and how these officials patronised their clients amongst the peasants. Most of the king’s men liable to corvée lived around the capital whilst, for example, the Karen in the mountains paid tribute only occasionally in natural resources or as suppliers of provisions to the army. They held a peripheral position but not because of ethnic identity; the Buddhist Pwo Karen held a prominent position in the southern kingdom dominated by the Mon people until 1750.