9780521617581

A History of Modern Burma

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  • ISBN13:

    9780521617581

  • ISBN10:

    0521617588

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-02-02
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Summary

Burma has lived under military rule for nearly half a century. The results of its 1990 elections were never recognized by the ruling junta and Aung San Suu Kyi, leader of Burma's pro-democracy movement, was denied her victory. She has been under house-arrest ever since. Now an economic satellite and political dependent of the People's Republic of China, Burma is at a crossroads. Will it become another North Korea, will it succumb to China's political embrace or will the people prevail? Michael Charney's book- the first general history of modern Burma in over five decades - traces the highs and lows of Burma's history from its colonial past to the devastation of Cyclone Nargis in 2008. By exploring key themes such as the political division between lowland and highland Burma and monastic opposition to state control, the author explains the forces that have made the country what it is today.

Author Biography

Michael W. Charney is Senior Lecturer in the Department of History, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. His previous publications include Powerful Learning: Buddhist Literati and the Throne in Burma's Last Dynasty, 1752-1885 (2006) and Southeast Asian Warfare, 1300-1900 (2004).

Table of Contents

List of figures pagep. vi
List of mapsp. vii
Chronologyp. viii
Abbreviationsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
Burma under Colonial rulep. 5
The colonial centerp. 18
Self-government without independence, 1937-1947p. 46
The democratic experiment, 1948-1958p. 72
Dress rehearsals, 1958-1962p. 93
The Revolutionary Councilp. 107
The BSPP yearsp. 133
Toward democracy, 1988-1990p. 148
Perpetual delay, 1990 to the presentp. 170
Conclusionp. 201
Notesp. 208
Readingsp. 230
Indexp. 234
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