SOAS University of London

Department of History

Ian Brown

BA (Bristol), MA, PhD (London)
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Ian Brown
Department of History

Emeritus Professor

SOAS Centre of South East Asian Studies

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Professor Ian Brown
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History: economic and cultural history


Previous PhD Students

Thet Thet Wintin, 'The Prison In Pre-Colonial Burma', 2006

James Alastair Warren, 'Gambling, The State And Society In Siam, C. 1880-1945', 2007

Michael Dawson Leigh, 'Methodist Missionaries, Society And Politics In Upper Burma 1887-1966', 2008

Apisake Monthienvichienchai, 'Thai Nationalism And The Catholic Experience, 1909-1947', 2010

Tharaphi Than, 'Writers, Fighters And Prostitutes: Women And Burma's Modernity,', 2010

Matthew George Phillips, 'Oasis on a Troubled Continent: Culture and Identity in Cold War Thailand', 2013



Economic impact of inter-war depression on rural South East Asia, particularly Burma; history of the colonial prison in Burma and the Philippines; history of crime in colonial South East Asia


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Available for
  • Briefings
  • Special Study Programmes
  • Short Term Consultancy
Regional Expertise
  • South East Asia
Country Expertise
  • Burma/Myanmar
  • Thailand
  • Thai


Authored Books

Brown, Ian (2005) A Colonial Economy in Crisis. Burma's Rice Cultivators and the World Depression of the 1930s. London: Routledge Curzon.

Brown, Ian (1997) Economic change in South East Asia c 1830-1980. OUP (Kuala Lumpur).

Book Chapters

Brown, Ian (2011) 'The economics of decolonization in Burma.' In: Falola, Toyin and Brownell, Emily, (eds.), Africa, Empire and Globalization: Essays in Honor of A.G. Hopkins. Durham, North Carolina: Carolina Academic Press, pp. 433-444.

Brown, Ian (2007) 'South East Asia: Reform and the Colonial Prison.' In: Dik├Âtter, F. and Brown, I., (eds.), Cultures of Confinement. A History of the Prison in Africa, Asia and Latin America. New York, NY: Cornell University Press, pp. 221-68.

Brown, Ian (2000) 'Material Conditions in Rural Lower Burma during the Economic Crisis of the Early 1930''s: What the Cotton Textile Import Figures Reveal.' In: Boomgaard, Peter and Brown, Ian, (eds.), Weathering the Storm: the Economies of Southeast Asia in the 1930s Depression. Leiden: KITLV; Singapore: ISEAS, pp. 109-120.

Brown, Ian (1999) 'The Economic Crisis and Rebellion in Rural Burma in the Early 1930''s.' In: Minami/K, R, (ed.), Growth Distribution and Political Change: Asia and the Wider World. Macmillan (London), pp. 143-157.


Brown, Ian (2011) 'Tracing Burma's economic failure to its colonial inheritance.' Business History Review, 85 (4). pp. 725-747.

Brown, Ian (2010) 'Death and Disease in the Prisons of Colonial Burma.' Journal of Burma Studies, 14. pp. 1-20.

Brown, Ian (2009) 'A shooting incident at Insein Prison, Burma, in 1947.' Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, 37 (4). pp. 517-535.

Brown, Ian (2009) 'British firms and the end of empire in Burma.' Asian Affairs, 40 (1). pp. 15-33.

Brown, Ian (2007) 'A Commissioner Calls: Alexander Paterson and Colonial Burma's Prisons.' Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, 38 (2). pp. 293-308.

Brown, Ian (2005) ''Blindness which we mistake for sight': British Officials and the Economic World of the Cultivator in Colonial Burma.' The Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, 33 (2). pp. 181-193.

Brown, Ian (1999) 'Tax Remission and Tax Burden in Rural Lower Burma during the Economic Crisis of the Early 1930's.' Modern Asian Studies, 33 (2). pp. 383-403.

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