The Department of History was founded in 1920 as the Department of Chronicle (Yazawin) when the University of Yangon (formerly Rangoon) was first established. When Myanmar gained independence in 1948, the name of the department changed to Political Science and Far East History. When a new education system was started in 1964 the department was designated the Department of History; this name remains.
The Department of History offers courses in Ancient, Modern and Contemporary Myanmar History, Ancient and Modern South East Asian History, Nation Building of South East Asia, the Middle East, Far Eastern History (Japan, Korea and China), American and Russian History, World History, Myanmar History and Culture, Myanmar Studies, Environmental History, Political Science, International Relations, History of Science and Technology, Research Methodology.
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Most research is related to Myanmar History with a special focus on the Political, Economic and Social History of Myanmar. The Ancient History of Myanmar based on stone Inscriptions is a popular subject. The Cultural History and Religions of Myanmar are less well researched.
We realise that we should do research on Contemporary Myanmar History, Women’s History, Nuns’ history, the History of modern Non-government Organisations (NGOs) and International NGOs History, Myanmar Democracy and Human Rights etc. We need to reconsider our fields of study, how and why our research on Myanmar should be produced. We are investigating what fields, disciplines or activities have most shaped our understanding on the study of history.
Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs)
An MoU signed in 2012 outlines a relationship between the History Department of the University of Yangon with the University of Passau in Germany. Two Professors from the Department of History gave lectures at the University of Passau in 2014 and 2015. One Professor participated in a conference on Myanmar in Passau in 2015.
1. Medieval Myanmar
2. Modern Myanmar
3. Contemporary Myanmar
a. Social History
b. Political History
c. Economic History
4. Contemporary China and India
5. Gender Studies
6. Contemporary Southeast Asia