Sir Michael Burton KCVO CMG


Sir Michael Burton is a former Assistant Under-Secretary of State for the Near and Middle East and North Africa in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. His Middle East postings included Lebanon (learning Arabic) and Jordan in the mid-1970s.

Lectures to The Society

Title Type Date
The Malayan Emergency Lecture Dec 2010
Burma: The Golden Country: A 2003 Tour Lecture Dec 2004
2000 Annual Tour: Syria, Lebanon and Jordan Lecture Jan 2001

Articles in the Journal

The Malayan Emergency: A Subaltern's View
  Sir Michael Burton
  Asian Affairs, Volume 42 Number 2 July 2011
Book Reviews: Middle East
  Mr Richard Muir, Sir Michael Burton
  Asian Affairs, Volume 41 Number 1 March 2010
Book Reviews: Middle East
  Sir Michael Burton, Hon Ivor Lucas
  Asian Affairs, Volume 40 Number 2 July 2009
The Society's Tour in Lebanon, Syria and Jordan
  Sir Michael Burton
  Asian Affairs, Volume 32 Number 2 July 2001

Images of Asia

Forthcoming Events

Wed 24 Sep Why Kashmir is Still Important at The Royal Astronomical Society
Wed 1 Oct Experiences of Asia at The Royal Astronomical Society
Tue 7 Oct K2: The Italian Mountain? at The RSAA Library
Wed 15 Oct The Great Game: Central Asia Overland at St Peter's Church Parish Hall


Expedition Silk Road Treasures from the Hermitage Exhibition at the Hermitage, Amsterdam, ends 5 September 2014 more…

Dunhuang Culture and Art Hong Kong Heritage Museum from 28 November 2014 - 16 March 2015 more…

PIAC 57th Annual Meeting 9 - 14 September 2014 more…

Chester Beatty Library, Dublin Castle A rich collection of items from across Asia, the Middle East and other areas more…

Contemporary South Asian Youth Cultures and Fashion Symposium 25 and 26 September 2014 more…

Recent Recordings

Soqotra: Life in the Arabian Periphery Thanos has an excellent collection of photographs of Socotra having participated in two expeditions there

Churchill's First War: Young Winston & the Taliban A riveting and revelatory account of Winston Churchill's first campaign, in Afghanistan in the 1890's, offering shocking parallels into today's Afghan war

A Journey to the Source of the Oxus


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