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Michael Charney

  • Professor of Asian and Military History
  • Professor of Asian and Military History
  • SOAS University of London Department of History
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Recent publications

  • The World of Maluku: Eastern Indonesia in the Early Modern Period, and: Southeast Asia in the Early Modern Era: Trade, Power, and Belief (review)

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  • Historical Dictionary of Myanmar.

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Professional experience

Professor of Asian and Military History

School of Oriental and African Studies Department of History

September 2001 - Present

Project Professor

Tokyo Daigaku

April 2012 - March 2014(2 years)

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

National University of Singapore

August 1999 - August 2001(2 years)


PhD in History

University of Michigan

September 1993 - May 1999(6 years)

MA in Asian History

Ohio University

September 1991 - June 1993(2 years)

MA in Asian Studies

University of Michigan

September 1989 - May 1991(2 years)

BA in History and Political Science

University of Michigan - Flint

September 1987 - December 1988(a year)


Mott Community College

January 1986 - August 1987(2 years)


I am a military and imperial historian specialising in South East Asia in both the premodern and modern periods. Since joining SOAS, I have published monographs on warfare in the premodern South East Asian region (Southeast Asian Warfare, 1300-1900, 2004), the rise of monastic, military, and ministerial elites and their impact on the religious and intellectual life of the precolonial Burmese kingdom (Powerful Learning: Buddhist Literati and the Throne in Burma's Last Dynasty, 1752-1885, 2006), and a history of the twentieth century in Burma before and during the lengthy period of military rule (A History of Modern Burma, 2009). I have also co-edited four volumes and am currently co-editing a fifth, focused on early modern South East Asian warfare. My most recent work focuses on the role of railways in war, premodern warfare across the Indian Ocean world, and South East Asia during the Cold War.

Co-authors (3)

  • Zhiwei Wang
  • Taihei Kikuchi
  • Matthew Walton
  • tun nyein
  • Veronica Walker
  • Bryce Beemer