chapter  10
Nationalism as the Practice of Power
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What can Burmese history tell us about nationalism, ethnicity and religion as ingredients in the exercise of power, which displays increasingly similar features globally? As stated in the introduction, the comparison of surface phenomena alone easily ends by reproducing ahistoric explanations and the rhetoric of subjective nationalism. However, the process by which nationalism in Burma was created shows us several general tendencies which can possibly establish the basis for a comparison.1