Buddhism has at all times been a world faith, however its reputation within the West actually dates solely from the late nineteenth century, when a lot of the Buddhist world was topic to European colonial rule. Of all these Westerners who grew to become concerned with, and sought to advertise Buddhism right now, maybe no-one is extra uncommon and fascinating than U Dhammaloka, an Irishman who “went native” and have become a Buddhist monk in British Burma on the flip of the 20th century. U Dhammaloka is now the topic of an interesting new ebook, The Irish Buddhist: The Forgotten Monk Who Confronted Down the British Empire (Oxford College Press, 2020) cowritten by Alicia Turner, Laurence Cox, and Brian Bocking. Past the story of this intrepid Irishman, this ebook can be a social historical past of British Burma on the top of European imperialism. However what’s distinctive about this social historical past is its concentrate on white, working-class Europeans within the extremely cosmopolitan colonial states right now. A few of them, and U Dhammaloka was one, shared political sympathies with the Asian topics of those colonial states.