Ian Malcolm Macphee
I gained an LL.B from the University of Sydney and an M.A. from the University of Hawaii (many credits being from Yale) and was a Member of the House of Representatives in the Australian Parliament from 1974-90. When I was Minister for Immigration from 1979-82 I was responsible for the settlement in Australia of many thousands of refugees from Vietnam and Cambodia. Helping integrate Australia into Southeast Asia and the South Pacific was my principal objective. I practised law in Australia and Papua New Guinea and studied Burma in particular when at Yale. As few people knew of this remarkable country, its people and their culture I vowed to write a history of British conquest from the Burmese perspective. Insufficient sources existed for me to do so, however, and I had to then write an historical novel. Here it is!
The White Heron Descends on the Peacock - Britain Invades Burma 1810-1826
by Ian Malcolm Macphee
Published: September 26, 2017
Told mostly from the Burmese perspective, this historical drama traces the expansion of the British Empire from its base in India into Arakan [now Rakhine province] Myanmar. Life at the Royal Capital and in the vast countryside is revealed using real historical characters along with the rich culture of Burmese society and the Buddhist constraints upon the Kings of the early 19th Century.
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